Steelers cut center Justin Hartwig

Updated: September 5, 2010, 8:04 AM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Steelers released former starting center Justin Hartwig on Saturday after efforts to try to trade him failed.

Hartwig was beaten out by first-round choice Maurkice Pouncey in training camp. He was scheduled to make $2.08 million, which the Steelers considered too much for a backup center. The Steelers also released guard Kraig Urbik, a third-round choice last year who was a backup.

Right tackle Flozell Adams made the team and is expected to start.

Running back Jonathan Dwyer, a sixth-round pick, also made the team. The Steelers have four running backs on their roster: Dwyer, Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore and Isaac Redman. Fullback Frank Summers was released.

The Steelers kept two drafted wide receivers -- Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown -- along with free agent acquisition Arnaz Battle. They released receiver-returner Stefan Logan.

John Clayton, a recipient of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's McCann Award for distinguished reporting, is a senior writer for ESPN.com.

John Clayton

NFL senior writer