The Turk visited the South Side yesterday, and among the most notiable name he claimed was that that of David Harpmann.
David Harpmann had been perfect in the preseason, hitting on all of his field goal attempts, including several from 40 years plus – precisely the zone that has given incumbent Shaun Suisham trouble.
While he didn’t quite reach Isaac Redman proportions, Harpmann was gaining cult-hero status in Steelers Nation. Steel Curtain Rising was among those who felt he should replace Shaun Suisham.
The Steelers however are opting to stick with Suisham. While the arguments for going with Harpmann are strong, my friend Ivan Cole of Behind the Steel Curtain observed that Suisham was going to need to do something to get himself off the team as much as anything else. And Harpmann didn’t do that.
Now, will Harpmann be there if the Steelers need him mid-season? That’s just the risk they have to take.
The Steelers also cut:
Linebacker Ryan Baker
Wide receivers Paul Cox, Juamorris Stewart, and Jimmy Young
Cornerback, Andre Freeman and Walter McFadden
Long snapper Matt Katula
Tight end Jamie McCoy and Justin Peelle
Offensive lineman Kyle Jolly
Defensive tackle Kade Weston and Mike Blanc
The Steelers also placed Monty Ivy on the Waived/injured list.
It would appear to be the end of the line for Kyle Jolly, who spent 2010 and 2011 on the Steelers practice squad.
Steelers Sign DeJuan Harris
How desperate are the Steelers at running back? Well the claimed DeJuan Harris off of waivers today from the Jacksonville Jaguars. As Ed Bouchette reports, their main motive here is to have enough bodies to compete in their final preseason contest Thursday night vs. Carolina.
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