The Steelers released and waived defensive tackle Steve McLendon on Thursday in order to make room for quarterback Ben Rothlisberger who has been activated from the reserve suspended list to the 53 man roster. The Steelers had received a temporary roster exemption earlier in the week to make sure they could properly evaluate Rothlisberger upon his return to the team. This is the second time McLendon has been released from the 53 man roster this season and he is expected to be signed back to the practice squad if he clears waivers. The release of McLendon also hints that backup nose tackle Chris Hoke should be healthy to play the Cleveland Browns in week following the bye this week. Hoke sprained his MCL late in the week 3 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.