The Pittsburgh Steelers have released veteran offensive lineman Rashaad Coward, the team announced on Tuesday as part of its cut-down to the 53-man roster limit.
Coward came to Pittsburgh as a free agent, where the Steelers gave him a one-year deal. For the first portion of training camp, Coward was running ahead of Kevin Dotson as the first team left guard, but Dotson quickly snagged that job back after returning from injury.
In his four seasons with the Chicago Bears, Coward started in 15 games and played in 30 games at both guard spots. In 2019, he started 10 games in relief of Kyle Long after a season-ending injury.
With Coward cut, the Steelers only have four true interior offensive lineman, although Joe Haeg has experience at guard and center as well as both tackle spots. It would seem possible that the Steelers will look around for help around the interior of their offensive line.
Coward was among 14 players removed from the active roster on Tuesday as the Steelers cut down to the NFL-mandated 53-man limit before the 4 p.m. deadline.
The Steelers also cut running back Trey Edmunds, guard B.J. Finney, cornerback Mark Gilbert, tackle Chaz Green, tackle John Leglue, outside linebacker Cassius Marsh, cornerback Arthur Maulet, tight end Kevin Rader, outside linebacker Quincy Roche, running back Jaylen Samuels, safety Donovan Stiner, and wide receiver Cody White.
Additionally, quarterback Josh Dobbs was placed on injured reserve.