Steelers Promote LB Marshall McFadden To 53 Man Roster & Place LB Chris Carter On IR

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Thursday that they have promoted linebacker Marshall McFadden from the practice squad to the 53 man roster and placed linebacker Chris Carter on the injured reserve list with an abdominal injury.

McFadden, who led the Steelers in tackles during the preseason, passed along the news via Twitter on Wednesday that his promotion might be on the way. McFadden is a product of South Carolina State who went undrafted in 2011. He has been on the Steelers practice squad the entire season.

The Steelers also announced on Thursday that they have signed tight end Jamie McCoy back to the practice squad to fill the open spot that was created when wide receiver David Gilreath was promoted to the 53 man roster on Monday.

Carter apparently suffered the abdomen injury late in practice last week, but was able to play on special teams Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • mghjr88

    I enjoyed watching Mcfadden play for South Carolina State. While he is definitely not the fastest linebacker, he was very solid against the run and strikes with power. One thing that stood out to me when watching him was how good he was positionally/instinctually, he seemed very disciplined.

  • I wonder if they will move him ahead of Adrian Robinson at Back up OLB. Did he play inside or outside in the Preseason? or both?

  • SteelSpine

    I have the same question as Shea. I’ve wondered if McFadden is any good. After college do you (or anyone else) know if he was any good in NFL & do you recall which LB spot(s) he’s been tried at in the pros.

  • Chris S

    I remember him playing inside…I personally am not sure about outside. He has a similar size to Carter though. At this point seems more like a special teams and depth move. I don’t think he’d be ahead of Robinson…which means he’s better than him…as if that was the case I’d think he would have made the roster over Robinson.

  • SteelersDepot

    Played well albeit very late in preseason games. He played both inside positions.

  • mghjr88

    Mcfadden plays inside. In college he was efficient at getting off blocks and diagnosing the action. Pass rushing would not be a perceived strength of Mcfaddens and Robinson will not be surpassed at outside linebacker by him as Robinson’s specialty is getting to the quarterback.

  • SteelerDave

    You have to consider Robinson a one trick pony at OLB. He is great at rushing the passer but poor in run stoppage and poor in dropping back into coverage.

    Likewise you have to consider McFadden great at hitting the holes and stopping the run game of an opponent but poor at an inside pass rush and in dropping into coverage.

    If either can learn to correct their weaknesses then they could start one day in the NFL.

  • SteelSpine

    Thanks folks, all that is helpful scoop.