The Steelers announced Monday they had have released Heard, along with guard Miles Dieffenbach, wide receiver Kenzel Doe, wide receiver C.J. Goodwin, defensive end Joe Kruger, defensive tackle Joe Okafor, offensive lineman Colin Rahrig, cornerback Jordan Sullen, offensive tackle Kevin Whimpey and safety Ian Wild.
Heard, who played at UK from 2013-14, decided to forego his final season of college football this past January and declared for the 2015 NFL Draft. He later went undrafted and signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent. Heard joins former Wildcat teammate Bud Dupree in Pittsburgh, whom they took with the No. 22 pick in this year's draft.
After sitting out 2013 due to NCAA transfer rules, Heard played one season at UK while appearing in 11 games and starting 10 during the 2014 season. He rushed for 366 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. His UK career started with a bang, running for a 73-yard touchdown and a 43-yard TD on his only two carries in the season-opening win over UT Martin.
After joining Pittsburgh earlier this month, he only got five carries this preseason for -1 yards and one catch for four yards. Hopefully, someone else gives him a chance this year, if not, then during someone's training camp next year.