Steelers links: First major roster cuts

Pittsburgh Steelers team reporter Scott Brown will handle the morning links for the rest of the week, but here are some Steelers headlines to kick off your Monday ...

  • The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ron Cook believes the Steelers can't afford to lose rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones, who was hospitalized over the weekend with a chest injury. "If Jones is out for a significant period of time, he will be very much missed by the team's defense," Cook wrote. "He has played so well that he deserves to be the starting outside right linebacker in the opening game Sept. 8 against the Tennessee Titans."

  • There have been encouraging signs from safety Troy Polamalu this preseason, according to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette. "For the third preseason game in a row, Polamalu played like it was 2010," Bouchette wrote. "That was his NFL Defensive Player of the Year season. If he can keep this up, the Steelers will have added a valued piece to a defense that mostly went missing in 2012."

  • Steelers tight end David Johnson passed his first test in Saturday's preseason game, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Ralph N. Paulk reports. Johnson missed all of the 2012 season after severely injuring his right knee in last year's preseason opener. “We are low on tight ends right now and Heath (Miller) is still working on his comeback,” Johnson said. “So, it just felt good to get in there and start to get things going.”

  • The Steelers made 15 roster moves today, reducing their roster to the league-mandated 75 players prior to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline. The most notable moves were placing linebacker Sean Spence on the reserve-PUP list (which means he'll miss at least the first six games, although he is expected to be out for the season) and cutting linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, running back Baron Batch and wide receiver David Gilreath. The Steelers' official team web site has the full list of transactions.