Steelers To Bring In Free Agent Cornerbacks For Visits; Stanford Routt Signs With Texans

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed during his Tuesday press conference that cornerback Ike Taylor suffered a fractured right ankle early in the win over the Baltimore Ravens and that he will miss a couple of weeks or more as a result.

With Taylor now sidelined indefinitely, Tomlin was asked if they will bring in any defensive backs for a work out.

“We could potentially do that and maybe not even necessarily to make a specific move right now, but when your lines get thin, you evaluate people for potentially the next injury,” said Tomlin. “So we\’re open minded potentially to bringing in a corner or two to see what\’s out there, see what the short list looks like, and see what people are capable of. But at the same time, we may be ridiculously impressed with what we see and we might do something. I\’m not closing any door on that in any form or fashion.”

It was reported earlier on Tuesday by John McClain of the Houston Chronicle that free agent cornerback Stanford Routt was scheduled to come to Pittsburgh for a work out after he worked out for the Houston Texans, but that visit will no longer take place as the Texans have chosen to sign Routt after his Tuesday morning visit.

The Steelers will likely have a few other cornerbacks come in now so their tires can be kicked and they are also expected to add a cornerback to the practice squad as soon as Tuesday evening. That player could be Josh Victorian, who the Steelers released from the practice squad several days ago. Victorian had been with the team since the start of the season.

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  • steeltown

    I expect to see Victorian back on the PS by tomorrow. With Colon almost healthy I think they’ll release OG Cheadle from the PS to make room for Victorian, especially with DeCastro back

  • steeltown

    Also to consider, if Troy is back healthy, that makes 5 Safeties on the 53man roster + 1 on the PS (Cromartie-Smith) I could see them releasing Cromartie-Smith at some point to make room for someone

  • Pete

    I think it’s better Routt went somewhere else. I’m confident in these young guys. Best set of corners the Steelers have had in some time. They are making me forget all my complaints about Colclough (2nd round), McFadden (2nd round) and Gay (5th round). I’ll say Gay stepped it up in his last season but Lewis, Cortez, and Brown are all better and will only get even better.