Versatile veteran Randle El cut by Steelers wire reports

PITTSBURGH -- Versatile Antwaan Randle El, a hero of a Super Bowl victory, and veteran tackle Max Starks have been released by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Teams officially could cut players Thursday, and the Steelers got started early in the day.

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Randle El, a college quarterback who became a receiver in the NFL, threw a touchdown pass to Hines Ward to clinch Pittsburgh's win over Seattle in the 2006 Super Bowl. He had two stints with the Steelers and also played four seasons in Washington.

Starks was drafted by the Steelers in the third round (75th overall) in 2004. He started 68 games in his seven seasons in Pittsburgh, including seven in 2010 before being placed on injured reserve with a neck problem. Starks started two Super Bowls for the Steelers.

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