Another day and another player waived injured as the Pittsburgh Steelers have waived injured running back John Clay and signed former Illinois running back Jason Ford to the 90 man roster to take his place, according to Bob Labriola on Twitter.
Jim Wexell reported earlier on Tuesday that Clay, who was carted off injured during practice on Sunday, was fearful that he tore his quad and now that indeed seems to be the case. Clay will be placed on injured reserve once he clears waivers.
Ford, who measured in at his pro day at 5103, 251 pounds, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Houston Texans, but was waived by them in late July. Last year Ford played in 12 games for the Illini, making eight starts at tailback. He was second on the team with 600 rushing yards and had a team-high seven rushing touchdowns on the season. Ford finished his college career with 1,962 rushing yards, 16th-most in school history, and 26 rushing touchdowns, good for 2nd-most in school history.
During his pro day workout Ford reportedly ran a 40 time of 4.69 and 21 reps on the bench. He also registered a 34 inch vertical.