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Steelers Cut Terrence McCrae, Niles Brinkley, Chris Ellis; Roster Now At 80

After making four more cuts Tuesday (including the mildly surprising release of defensive tackle Anthony Gray), the Steelers have trimmed their roster to 80, which means they’re at the roster limit the NFL requires by 4:00 PM Tuesday.

Besides Gray, the other three Tuesday cuts are wide receiver Terrence McCrae, cornerback Niles Brinkley and outside linebacker Chris Ellis. None were highly-regarded, and all were undrafted free agents, so these cuts aren’t surprising. McCrae is from Connellsville, and his uncle, Sam Davis, played for the Steelers in the 1970s, so his release has to be especially disappointing for him. He had one catch for 10 yards this preseason. Brinkley had three tackles, and Ellis had four.

These cuts mean the Steelers are probably done making roster moves on Tuesday. These cuts, along with a few others made earlier this week, dropped the team’s roster size from 90 to 80.

For more on the Steelers’ roster moves, check out Behind The Steel Curtain.

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