It was probably cut for no reason other than time and pacing. I'm glad the contrived controversy gave JJ & Co a reason to use the footage. Now poor Benedict Cumberbatch has something to show for all of his work outs and "immoral" consumption of four thousand calories a day, and the Cumberfans have candy for their eyes.
Probably true, but it may have tilted the argument back to "everyone gets equally exposed" like he said. I definitely wouldn't have minded it, though- but then again, I didn't mind Alice Eve.