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Steelers could face Tom Brady with five CBs; Tyler Murphy expected on roster

The Pittsburgh Steelers released two cornerbacks Friday who entered the week with chances to make the 53-man roster, signaling the team is content rolling into New England with five corners unless they pick up additional help over the weekend.

Kevin Fogg had a standout training camp and B.W. Webb is a third-year NFL corner who spent last year with the Steelers. Both were released Friday, along with at least six others: linebacker L.J. Fort, defensive lineman Mike Thornton, receiver Jarrod West, receiver Shakim Phillips, linebacker Howard Jones and defensive end Ethan Hemer.

The team also traded punter Brad Wing to the New York Giants for a conditional seventh-round pick and are expected to waive/injured offensive lineman Kelvin Palmer, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in Thursday's 23-6 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

The releases of Fogg and Webb likely leave the Steelers with a core five-man rotation at corner: Cortez Allen, William Gay, Brandon Boykin, Antwon Blake and fourth-round pick Doran Grant.

It's a long weekend with hundreds of players available, so the Steelers will be combing the open market in the next few days. Teams must trim their roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday. Serviceable corners could become available.

Meanwhile, quarterback-turned-receiver Tyler Murphy is expected to be part of the roster after the Saturday deadline, according to a source. With Martavis Bryant suspended four games. Murphy can serve as the team's fifth receiver.

Murphy is hardly the last college quarterback to convert to an NFL skill position. He's not even the first Florida quarterback to do so. Former Gators signal-caller Trey Burton has found a niche as the Philadelphia Eagles' third tight end. Muphy spent three years at Florida before transferring to Boston College for a season.

But Murphy's switch carries weight in Pittsburgh, where Kordell Stewart glorified the so-called Slash position, lining up under center or out wide. Antwaan Randle-El became a productive NFL receiver after playing quarterback for Indiana.

Murphy never had a breakout preseason game and didn't dominate practices, but his feel for the game was obvious. He picked up nuances of the receiver position rather quickly, despite never playing it full-time.

Mike Tomlin likes him. And that's a start.