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Steelers Release Veteran OL Aviante Collins



PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have released veteran offensive lineman Aviante Collins, the team announced on Tuesday.

Collins was in his first training camp with the Steelers after spending the first four seasons of his professional career with the Minnesota Vikings. He joined the Steelers on a reserve/future contract in February.

The 6-foot-4, 292-pound lineman worked primarily on the third team for the Steelers, despite a number of injuries to starters on the offensive line.

Collins has played in five career NFL games, all with the Vikings, and can play guard and tackle, though he worked primarily at tackle with the Steelers.

Collins was one of five players the Steelers cut from their active roster, as part of an NFL-mandated cut-down from 85 players to 80 on Tuesday. Inside linebacker Calvin Bundage, running back Pete Guerriero and wide receiver Tyler Simmons were all released.

Defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr. was waived/injured.

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