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Steelers Release OLB Jayrone Elliott

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The Steelers have released Jayrone Elliott, the outside linebacker said in an Instagram post on Friday night.

Elliott, a 27-year-old NFL veteran, joined the Steelers late in training camp after a number of injuries at the outside linebacker position.

He scored an 88-yard touchdown after recovering his own forced fumble on a sack of Carolina quarterback Will Grier in the preseason finale on Thursday.

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He was signed after injuries to Ola Adeniyi (knee), Anthony Chickillo (chest) and Sutton Smith (abdomen) left the Steelers thin at outside linebacker. Smith has since returned to play.

Elliott signed out of Toledo as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 2014 and spent four seasons in the NFL with Green Bay and the Dallas Cowboys.

He is the sixth player the Steelers have released since the end of the preseason, joining tight end/long snapper Trevor Wood, cornerbacks Marcelis Branch and Jhavonte Dean and defensive linemen Henry Mondeaux and Casey Sayles.

The Steelers’ roster now stands at 85 players. They need to cut down to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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