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Steelers get to 52, sign a 53rd

Super Bowl XLV

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Like all teams, the Steelers were required to get to 53 players by 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday. They got to 52, then added a 53rd.

The team has announced the release of running backs Jawon Chisholm and Josh Harris, defensive linemen Matt Conrath, Ethan Hemer, and Mike Thornton, safeties Jordan Dangerfield, Alden Darby, and Gerod Holliman, offensive linemen Reese Dismukes, B.J. Finney, and Doug Legursky, cornerbacks Kevin Fogg and B.W. Webb, linebackers L.J. Fort, Shayon Green, and Howard Jones, and wide receivers Shakim Phillips and Jarrod West.

Legursky, who spent 2009 through 2012 with the Steelers and played for the Bills in 2013 and the Chargers last year, was signed after center Maurkice Pouncey suffered a broken ankle in a preseason game. Legursky started Super Bowl XLV, when Pouncey couldn’t play due to a sprained ankle.

The Steelers also waived offensive linemen Kevin Palmer and Mitchell Van Dyk with the “injured” designation. If they clear waivers, they’ll be placed on the team’s injured reserve list.

The Steelers filled the 53rd roster spot by signing cornerback Ross Cockrell, a fourth-round pick of the Bills in 2014 who appeared in seven games. He was signed to a one-year deal.