Steelers trim roster to 53 players before deadline

The Steelers announced that they have cut their roster to 53 players prior to Saturday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

The Steelers released wide receivers Demarcus Ayers, Cobi Hamilton and Marcus Tucker, running backs Brandon Brown-Dukes and Cameron Stingily, offensive linemen Shahbaz Ahmed, Antoine Everett, Matt Feiler and Wade Hansen, cornerbacks Montell Garner,Doran Grant, Al-Hajj Shabazz and Donald Washington, defensive linemen Lavon Hooks,Caushaud Lyons and Johnny Maxey, linebackers Travis Feeney, Steven Johnson and Jermauria Rasco, quarterback Bryn Renner, and safety Ray Vinopal.

The team also waived/injured tight end Paul Lang.

Running back Le’Veon Bell will be placed on the reserve/suspended by commissioner list at 4 p.m. Saturday.  Bell is suspended without pay for the first three games of the 2016 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

The Steelers also acquired cornerback Justin Gilbert from the Cleveland Browns, pending a physical, in exchange for their sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The team can sign up to 10 practice squad players after 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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