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Steelers spare Batch, cut Kapinos, Essex

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

The Steelers just made final cuts to get to 53 …

>> LB Sean Spence was placed on their Reserve/Injured List.

>> Twenty-one others were released: P Jeremy Kapinos, OT Trai Essex, QB Jerrod Johnson, DB Damon Cromartie-Smith, DB Terrence Frederick, DB Josh Victorian, LB Brandon Hicks, LB Marshall McFadden, DL Corbin Bryant, DL Igbinosun Ikponmwosa, DL Jake Stoller, RB DuJuan Harris, WR Tyler Beiler, WR Toney Clemons, WR David Gilreath, WR Marquis Maze, WR Derrick Williams, OL Ryan Lee, OL John Malecki, OL Chris Scott.

>> Charlie Batch made it. Again. Johnson will end up on the practice squad.

>> Only four wide receivers on the team. Mild surprise.

Really, though, not much in the way of surprises here, unless you’re an Essex fan. I’ve never been.

Johnson looks good, no doubt. Not great, but promising. Threw some sharp balls late last night, for those who didn’t stick it out. Good athleticism. But keeping him as No. 3, if not necessary, would have been kind of pointless.

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