Running back Jonathan Dwyer among players released by Steelers

Anwar S Richardson
Shutdown Corner

Pittsburgh Steelers running Jonathan Dwyer is among the casualties during today's final cuts.

Dwyer was released by the Steelers today after playing well this preseason. His release occurs eight days after Pittsburgh signed free agent running back Felix Jones. It also means Isaac Redman will probably start on opening day for the Steelers.

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The former sixth-round pick from Georgia Tech rushed 34 times for 136 yards this preseason, plus had seven receptions for 31 yards and a touchdown. He started in Pittsburgh’s final two preseason games, and seemingly locked up a roster spot, but the Steelers appear content with Le’Veon Bell, LaRod Stephens-Howling, Redman and Jones in their backfield.

Bell, a second-round pick this offseason, is currently recovering from a foot injury. He is expected to return in six to eight weeks.

If there is a positive note, Dwyer, 24-years old, will probably find employment pretty soon.

Dwyer has six starts in his career, and has rushed 181 times for 774 yards and two touchdowns. He has also rushed for over 100 yards three times, and one NFL team will likely snatch him up pretty quickly.

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