Mundy bit on the play action that led to the Steelers losing to the Broncos in OT during last season's Wild Card game. Is his time up by 2013 or can he redeem himself? Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

What Steeler Could Be Gone By The End Of 2012?

Bleacher Report came out with an interesting slideshow today that looked at six players currently on the Steelers roster who could potentially get the ax at the end of the 2012 season. Those players (in no particular order) are:

Rashard Mendenhall
James Harrison
Larry Foote
Ryan Mundy
Casey Hampton
Willie Colon

Each one of these guys have a bit of a caveat that comes with the Mike Tomlin Boot. For Rashard Mendenhall to go, Redman would need to have a great year, as well as one or two of the backups. James Harrison would need to either kill someone on the field or get less than 40 tackles and 3 sacks this season. Larry Foote would go if Sean Spence steps up his rookie year and clan play at the level of Timmons. Ryan Mundy would go if he bites on another play action – ever. Casey Hampton gets the door if he can’t fully recover from his injury and Alameda Ta’amu solidly plays NT. Willie Colon is a big ol’ adios if he can’t play a full season healthy.

My feeling is that ‘Shard is at the top of that list followed by Mundy. The other guys bring so much potential to the field every week, that it would be hard to let them go. But, the Steelers are known to cut when they feel they need to cut – performance related or monetarily motivated.

Which one of those six is hot on the chopping block?

Who is sitting at the top of the chopping block by the end of the 2012 season?

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