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Steelers make final cuts, keep Charlie Batch

Charlie Batch, Emmanuel Sanders AP

The Steelers placed linebacker Sean Spence on injured reserve after his grisly knee injury last night, and released 21 other players to get to the 53-man roster limit.

They released veteran offensive lineman Trai Essex and waived-injured punter Jeremy Kapinos.

They also released the following 19 players: Defensive backs Damon Cromartie-Smith, Terrence Frederick and Josh Victorian, linebackers Brandon Hicks and Marshall McFadden, defensive linemen Corbin Bryant, Igbinosun Ikponmwosa and Jake Stoller, quarterback Jerrod Johnson, running back DuJuan Harris, wide receivers Tyler Beiler, Toney Clemons, David Gilreath, Marquis Maze and Derrick Williams, and offensive linemen Ryan Lee, John Malecki and Chris Scott.

That means veteran quarterback Charlie Batch hung on, after some early speculation they might keep just two quarterbacks.

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25 Responses to “Steelers make final cuts, keep Charlie Batch”
  1. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 31, 2012 4:59 PM

    That photos not a good look for Eman Sanders.

    Good to see Charlie stick around but I wish Johnson played well enough to earn that spot. Thought Victorian might have made it but damn they cut every WR that was on the bubble.

    No real surprises lets get this season started!

  2. clashpoint says: Aug 31, 2012 5:11 PM

    They kept beachum? Wow, he stank it up in preseason, they must think he has significant redeemable potential. Interesting that they cut both fredrick and victorian. The injury to curtis brown must not have been too serious. Only 4 cbs on the roster. I hope golden is ok too. I’m guessing that both those cbs, bryant, gilreath, lee, maybe williams and johnson make the practice squad. Charlie won’t last forever and I like johnson.

  3. navyeoddavee9 says: Aug 31, 2012 5:11 PM

    Johnson will end up on the practice squad, Essex, i thought would stick, due to decastro injury. Butler over Kapinois, thumbs up, Batch, thumbs up, still not sold on Suisham.

  4. blackngold4life says: Aug 31, 2012 5:14 PM

    I think Jerrod Johnson deserved a spot..also think. Dujuan Harris had better production then Barron Batch..he’s bigger and runs harder..maybe the Steelers felt they owed Batch a shot because of his injury last season

  5. blackngold4life says: Aug 31, 2012 5:18 PM

    Can’t believe they let that kid Gilreath go either he’s nice!!

  6. larrydavidstern says: Aug 31, 2012 5:27 PM

    Batch seems like a waste of a roster spot to me.

  7. steelgoing says: Aug 31, 2012 5:35 PM

    Like to see them sign QB Johnson & WRs Gilreath and Maze to the practice squad. Hopefully the punter will do well….

  8. kazra182 says: Aug 31, 2012 5:40 PM

    Every year the talking heads say that Charlie Batch is getting cut. And every year he blows them away in the final preseason game to make the roster. I’d take Batch over Leftwich backing up Ben any day. Just saying.

  9. holeinone09 says: Aug 31, 2012 5:45 PM

    Agree, no surprises. And yes, let’s play some football! Bring on Denver!

  10. rickrock6661982 says: Aug 31, 2012 5:57 PM

    If you told me in 2002 that Charlie Batch was still in the league, I would’ve laughed in your face.

    Now it’s 2012..

  11. clivus63 says: Aug 31, 2012 6:00 PM

    Trai Essex has practiced and played (at one time or the other) all the O-line slots.
    With the injury problems they have had in the past, don’t be surprised to see him back.
    The Steelers have the best O-line coach in the business.

  12. vincentbojackson says: Aug 31, 2012 6:06 PM

    Pretty sure Johnson, Gilreath and Maze will land on the practice squad if they clear waivers.

  13. andrewproughcfe says: Aug 31, 2012 6:09 PM

    They decided to go with 3 qb’s and only 4 WR’s, since none of the rookie WR’s had a good camp. Probably Gilreath, Derrick Williams, and Jerrod Johnson will make the practice squad, and maybe some of the defensive players.

  14. sorryimbusypolishingmy6lombardis says: Aug 31, 2012 6:11 PM

    They’ll probably put QB Johnson on the practice squad, along with a couple of those WR’s. I’m glad to see they kept the Butler kid as their punter. He comes from good lineage!!

  15. goldenperspective says: Aug 31, 2012 6:20 PM

    Ask for a trade Charlie! The Jets could use an upgrade at qb.

  16. runtheball says: Aug 31, 2012 6:41 PM

    Jared Johnson has no redeeming qualities what so ever, can’t even throw a spiral. He makes Dennis Dixon look like John Elway and Dixon was so scary good no one even picked him up. Batch can’t play more the 3 quarters at a time. They need to find a legitimate young #3.

  17. tomr70 says: Aug 31, 2012 7:19 PM

    Yes, Johnson lacks skills but you can teach those. I hope he does get signed to the practice squad because he instinctive skills that you cannot teach. The observation that he cannot though a spiral therefore toss him is pretty ignorant.

  18. paulbark says: Aug 31, 2012 8:07 PM

    Batch must be the best third string quarterback in the NFL. When his playing career ends (when he turns 50?), there’s a coaching career in his future.

  19. jimmylions says: Aug 31, 2012 9:05 PM

    I’m a Lions fan (obviously), but I went to Eastern Michigan – Batch’s alma mater.

    So yeah – I’m happy to see Batch still on the team. And it does sound like he could be a good coach someday. He’s spent enough time as QB of the practice squad – he should know a lot.

  20. clashpoint says: Aug 31, 2012 9:47 PM

    They can put decastro on the new 8 week ir on monday, so I’ll bet essex is back then. They need the depth and thats about all he is good for. Congrats to my fellow university of arizona alumnus robert golden on making the team at safety! Go wildcats!

  21. blackngold4life says: Aug 31, 2012 10:18 PM

    I agree..Steelers do need an NFL ready backup..Charlie and Byron wont cut it forever

  22. runtheball says: Aug 31, 2012 10:29 PM

    The observation that he cannot though a spiral therefore toss him is pretty ignorant? Though?

    Most High school QBs can throw a tight spiral.

  23. ravenator says: Sep 1, 2012 2:16 AM

    Can’t wait to sweep these clowns again. Sweet throwbacks.

  24. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 1, 2012 5:31 AM

    Let the record show that Post-Gazette columnist and talk-radio host Ron Cook was wrong again. Cook spent much of his radio show on Friday, telling his listeners that Batch would be cut…
    Cook seldom, if ever, right.
    How do these local “Steelers experts” keep their jobs? Shouldn’t they have to be right at least half the time?

  25. ajones796 says: Sep 1, 2012 9:33 AM

    I wish Batch would retire and become a coach Johnson has potential. No more Kapinos now they just need to get rid of Suisham.

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