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Old 09-20-2008, 11:23 AM   #1
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Default Steelers release Russell

Just got a text from KDKA saying that the Steeleres released Gary Russell.


This sucks, he will not last long unemployed.
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Sep 20, 2008 12:14 PM
STEELERS RELEASE GARY RUSSELL
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The Steelers made a roster move today when they promoted rookie LB Patrick Bailey to their active roster.

Bailey (6-4, 235) spent the first two games of the season on the Steelers’ practice squad after originally signing with the team as an undrafted rookie free agent from Duke. He started 26 games and recorded 191 tackles (24.5 for losses), 8.5 sacks, one interception and four forced fumbles during his college career.

The Steelers made room on their roster for Bailey by releasing second-year RB Gary Russell. Russell originally made the Steelers roster as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2007.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:27 AM   #2
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With Keisel out, you think they would have brought in a DE instead of another LB.

I guess this move is for special teams more than anything.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:55 AM   #3
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Guess with the depth we have at running back Russel never would have really had a chance to show what he's got. Good luck in the NFL Russel
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so with bailey in the roster there's a spot on the PS. hopefully russell gets it
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Old 09-20-2008, 12:11 PM   #5
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Damn I really liked Russell. He was just in a bitter sweet situation with some great backs ahead of him. Best of luck Gary.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:42 PM   #6
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Russell never impressed me. He was just another back who went nowhere after the first hit. We need some backs that can get to the second level AFTER the first hit. Good luck to him but it is not a great loss.
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Russell never impressed me. He was just another back who went nowhere after the first hit. We need some backs that can get to the second level AFTER the first hit. Good luck to him but it is not a great loss.
well he could move the pile (of 3rd string defenders) one yard back. too bad it was usually on 3rd and 3 or 3rd and 2.

perhaps he can become the new "john kuhn".

my thought is, maybe carey davis becomes the 4th rb/fb and our new tight end is ready to be fb/te.

i cant say for sure, but i dont think russell was very useful on special teams and showed little position flexibility.
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He looked good at camp. As was mentioned above, we are pretty deep in the backfield and he was the most likely candidate to be shown the door.

Good luck Gary!
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I liked Russell, but not to awfully surprised. I'm sure he'll catch on someplace else. I still think he can be a quality back.
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Good for Bailey. He's a smart kid with a good head on his shoulders. I think he could develop into a solid backup and could contribute to an already improved special teams.
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