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.