Steelers notebook: Team cuts 15 players, including LB So'oto, RB Hall
The Steelers trimmed to 75 players for their final preseason games, with linebacker Vic So'oto among 15 released. He had four tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in three preseason games.
Also cut were former Ohio State and Jeannette running back Jordan Hall (six carries, 5 yards), running backs Miguel Maysonet and Tauren Poole, receivers C.J. Goodwin and Kashif Moore, tight end Eric Waters, safety Jordan Dangerfield, defensive linemen Hebron “Loni” Fangupo and Brian Arnfelt, offensive linemen Chris Elkins and Emmanuel McCray and cornerbacks Devin Smith and Lewis Toler.
The roster must be reduced to 53 by Saturday.
• For the first time, rookie Stephon Tuitt is listed as a starter on the depth chart at right defensive end, with Brett Keisel as a backup. Cam Thomas is the backup behind left defensive end Cam Heyward.
• Ben Roethlisberger, Troy Polamalu and Heyward (ankle) are among those who won't play Thursday against Carolina. Coach Mike Tomlin usually plays few starters in the final preseason game. Keisel, re-signed last week, will get extensive work because he missed training camp.
• Penguins coach Mike Johnston and his staff were given a tour of the Steelers' facilities by Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert.
• Tomlin said he must see “consistent, above the line” play from No. 3 quarterback Landry Jones — and he'll see a lot of him Thursday. Jones played the entire preseason game against Carolina last year, and he could again Thursday. “That's the time where I actually got into the rhythm of a game,” said Jones, who has been uneven in camp and his two preseason outings. “I got to play the whole deal, which was great. … I'm ready to go.”
• Tomlin was on a conference call Tuesday with other members of the NFL competition committee, and the stricter enforcement of illegal contact and holding was among the topics. Many coaches aren't happy that such penalties are up more than 40 percent in the preseason and games are longer than ever, with some approaching four hours.
• Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey said he could beat teammate Dri Archer in a 40-yard dash. Of Archer's 4.26-second 40 time at the NFL Combine, Heyward-Bey said, “I don't care. … I'm the fastest (on the team).”