Four Steelers Practice Squad Players That Would Be Smart Adds For The Final Game

The Pittsburgh Steelers will place tight end Heath Miller and running back Baron Batch on injured reserve this week and there could be a few other injured players moved there in order to open up a few roster spots for some practice squad players to be added for the final game against the Cleveland Browns.

Nose tackle Alameda Ta\’amu, linebacker Marshall McFadden, safety Damon Cromartie-Smith and wide receiver David Gilreath are all legitimate candidates to be promoted this week to the 53 man roster. Not only will this perhaps allow them to get some snaps against the Browns on Sunday, but it might ensure that all four will not be vultured in the off-season by other teams depending on the contract lengths.

In the meaningless game on Sunday it would pretty foolish to play safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor. Cornerbacks Curtis Brown and Keenan Lewis are currently banged up as well so you can see why the addition of Cromartie-Smith would make sense. He can certainly contribute on special teams for starters.

With Batch headed to injured reserve it should open up a slot for McFadden to at least help out on special teams. He could also see snaps at inside linebacker later in the game in addition. McFadden was second on the team during the preseason in tackles with 15 combined.

Wide receiver Mike Wallace likely wants nothing to do with this final game and is currently listed with a hip injury. Gilreath would add some depth at the position if indeed the plan is to make Wallace one of the 7 inactive players.

Surely this would be the perfect week to see what Ta\’amu has learned on the practice field over the course of the season. Is there really a reason to play Casey Hampton at all in this game? Steve McLendon should start and Ta\’amu should spell him.

Sure, Tomlin wants to be competitive and win this game Sunday to finish the season at 8-8, but the game also presents a great opportunity to get a good look at the bottom end of the roster. In other words, treat this game like a fifth preseason game.

Let\’s see how many of these four suggested get promoted this week. It is a perfect opportunity to give all four some work.

  • SteelersDepot

    rwjtej – he was placed on their injured reserve with a groin injury.

  • Richard Edlin

    There are worse things than losing this game. It’s 3-4 placings worse in the draft if we win this game – at 12-13 we’re a chance of getting top 10-worthy talent, at 16-17 there could be quite a drop off.

    How do IRed players work with the salary cap? Do they count? Do their replacements count? Or both?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    those sneaky Saints

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Don’t look now but we may just get swept by the Browns.

  • JohnnyV1

    I agree w/ rwjtej, and said as much last week, when Ryan Lee wasn’t on the injured reserve. We’ll be looking for guys like him all offseason after we lose Foster, and be forced to get rid of Colon. Stupid move letting him go Kevin Colbert.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    We were already only the 3rd best team in our division, now we might be as bad or worse than the Browns. Oh man.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Lee supposedly a mauler, so we are left to wonder if he could do any better against Bengals DT Atkins than our guys including Foster was pushed back into Ben. Maybe Lee not yet experienced enough for NFL now, but next year we gotta play against Atkins twice.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Yep, way to stash a prospect for next year. Too bad we couldnt have told Lee he is “injured” but Colbert apparently didnt think Lee was valuable.