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By Scott Brown
Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008

Wide receiver Willie Reid, return specialist Eddie Drummond, punter Paul Ernster and defensive end Ryan McBean were among the players the Steelers cut today while the team placed quarterback Charlie Batch on injured reserve ending his season and possibly career in Pittsburgh.

Two of the Steelers draft choices from this year, linebacker Mike Humpal and safety Ryan Mundy were waived and given injury settlements as was veteran linebacker Arnold Harrison as the team pared its roster to 53 players.

Reid, a third-round pick in 2006, may have been the most significant of the 22 roster moves the Steelers made today to get to the 53-man limit allowed by the NFL. He led the Steelers with nine receptions in four preseason games but averaged just nine yards a catch and didn't figure into the team's plans as a returner.

Batch is still recovering from a broken collarbone, and the Steelers elected to go with Byron Leftwich as Ben Roethlisberger's backup and rookie Dennis Dixon as the No. 3 quarterback.

Other players cut today were linebacker Patrick Bailey, fullback Billy Latsko, guards Doug Legursky and Matt Lentz, defensive back Roy Lewis, safety Grant Mason, offensive tackle Jeremy Parquet, defensive tackle Scott Paxson, defensive end Jordan Reffett, wide receiver Micah Rucker, tight ends Dezmond Sherrod and Lee Vickers, running back Justin Vincent and cornerback Travis Williams.

The Steelers only have two tight ends on their 53-man roster.

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