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Essex, Kapinos among Steelers' cuts

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Drew Butler officially won the Steelers' punting job when Jeremy Kapinos was released Friday. Coming off back surgery, Kapinos has been unable to punt all summer.

Also let go was offensive lineman Trai Essex, who has played in 76 career games for Pittsburgh, including 28 starts.

The other 19 players released include 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.

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