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Crezdon Butler Signs With Cardinals; Steelers Grab Eight Players For Practice Squad

The Steelers have grabbed eight players for their practice squad: running back John Clay, wide receiver Tyler Grisham, tight end Jamie McCoy, offensive linemen Trevis Turner and John Malecki, linebacker Mortty Ivy and defensive back Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith

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Also, the Steelers lost cornerback Crezdon Butler on waivers to the Arizona Cardinals, whose new defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, used to be the Steelers' secondary coach. Butler was the Steelers' fifth-round draft pick in 2010. That the Steelers cut him came as a minor surprise, given that he played reasonably well in the preseason. The Cardinals don't have much depth at cornerback, so this move makes sense for them.

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The practice-squad choices don't contain any real surprises, although some fans might be pleased by Grisham's return. Ivy, who played well in the preseason, was born in Monroeville and played for West Virginia University. Malecki is a Pittsburgh native and played for Pitt.

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