Report: Steelers Might Bring Back LB Stevenson Sylvester With Larry Foote Now Out For Season

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Steelers still might re-sign inside linebacker Stevenson Sylvester to replace injured linebacker Larry Foote, who was placed on injured reserve Monday with a torn bicep.

Sylvester was released just prior to the fourth preseason game after he was forced to miss the second and third games due to an ankle injury suffered in the preseason opener against the New York Giants.

Sylvester, the Steelers fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has had problems staying healthy during his first three seasons in the league. Last year, the Utah product missed the final three preseason games as well as the first few regular seasons games due to a knee injury suffered during the final days of training camp.

The Steelers chose not to restricted tender Sylvester during the offseason but ultimately re-signed him to a one-year deal for the minimum after he received no interest as a free agent. In his first three seasons with the Steelers, Sylvester has yet to play 100 snaps on defense and he only played one snap last year as both Foote and Lawrence Timmons remained healthy and on the field.

When Foote left the Sunday season opener against the Tennessee Titans late in the game with his injury, he was replaced by Kion Wilson. The Steelers currently have rookie inside linebackers Vince Williams and Terence Garvin on their 53 man roster right now and the former did not dress for the game Sunday.

Signing Sylvester back certainly makes sense as he should be well versed in the defense. If indeed he is to be re-signed, you would have to think the transaction would be completed by Tuesday afternoon.

As a side note to all of this, Sylvester worked out for the Detroit Lions on Monday.

  • NW86

    Maybe they will, but it’s worth noting that they’ve already filled the 3 spots opened by the 3 players going on IR. Dwyer, Graham, and Velasco. And they still have 8 LB’s, 4 ILB’s, on the roster so there isn’t an immediate need for another body. If they do sign Sylvester this week, that means cutting someone else.
    They would probably rather wait a couple weeks until either Heath or Suisham are ready, so they can cut Palmer or Graham.

  • Superdriller316

    I think we let Williams have a crack at it. Bring Sly in just for depth.

  • SteelersDepot

    um garvin to practice squad after waived.

  • Morningside Bulldog

    Dulac’s opinion, he never has a source , he never is right and never admits he’s wrong he should stick to golf , I like the word might like the Steelers might win a game. They might lose a game. Dulac has no credibility weather they sign him or not.

  • zbluez1

    Still would rather see V. Williams get a crack at it, that was what he was drafted for, wasn’t it?

  • Mkeller

    Yes let’s get him signed ASAP! They need another veteran to place on IR. they’ve only known for 6 yrs that they needed to groom depth at the buck position. God forbid they would actually have done that. Sylvester is as injury prone as they come. Play a young prospect and start building your future.

  • John Mazza

    Detriot is kicking the tires on Sly today

  • Brandon Andrews

    Timmons took time to be ready and he was a 1st rounder, Williams is a 6th rounder. Rather they brought in adequate veteran insurance not named paris harylson

  • Marcus

    I would be surprised if this happens. I still think they move Worild inside like they did with Chad Brown in the 90’s. He’s might be best

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Let’s not completely throw the FO under the bus here. They have attempted twice now to bring someone in. Spence had an unfortunate injury and Williams is young having been drafted this year. In addition, they brought in a good bunch of guys making the ILB position probably some of the hardest cuts of this preseason. We have lots of guys to bring back should we want to.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    If he is capable of doing that, I would at least consider it, but as a converted 4-3 end to 3-4 OLB, it might be tough for him to really know that position any more than Williams already knows it.

  • Eric

    Stephenson is not compelling enough to cut another player. Besides, I was a Steelers fan in the early 70’s and I remember 2 rookie linebackers that started. Their names were Jack Ham and Lambert. Those who think rookies cant play, don’t know Jack!

  • MoSteel79

    Why not sign McFadden off the Raiders ps instead of Sylvester (who can’t seem to stay healthy)


    Throw Williams in the fire let him be man!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If I was running the franchise I wouldn’t but it makes sense since he has so many years in the system but I hope they do not. Let Wilson or Williams have a shot and lets move forward. Foote only has a year or 2 left anyways.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    So many ways to go in next year’s draft. I think the Steelers need to be aggressive in free agency as well to shore up some positions of need.

  • Jonas

    As you perhaps remember, Ham and Lambert are legends, special players! There are definitely not comparable to the general rookie linebacker!

    Not to say VW is comparable, but I think he is the most capable on the team as he has a great football-IQ and is a natural playing downhill!!

  • Why is it that during pre-season, young players get great reviews, then when the actual season starts, they seem to disappear. The Steelers are too cautious and conservative when it comes to using young players. Is it not obvious that this team needs rebuilding?

  • Mkeller

    Well considering not a 1 of us knows what kind of player Spence would have been or will be and the same for Vince Williams I give no credit for those picks. Kenneth, Larry Foote is not a very good LB at this point in his career and hasn’t been one for several yrs. That’s why the Steelers let him walk in 2009. Then they for some reason and pay him 9 mil over 3 yrs!!! There was absolutely no competition for his services after he washed out of Detroit in one yr. My point is overpaying for aging “talent” while not developing young inexpensive talent is what got them where they are. They are so far down the hole in terms of young talent it’s frightening. Especially when you have draft picks that can’t beat out 35 yr old has beens.

  • Eric

    I disagree about the need to rebuild at ILB, since Foote is gone for the season and probably ever. My coach would always day “the cream comes to the the top”. It is now time to find out who that is.

  • Eric

    I was not making a comparison, just pushing for their opportunity

  • Jonas

    Oh sorry, I understood that.
    My point was just that both had to earn their spot [which they did as they had special abilities] & it’s difficult to earn a spot as a rookie simply because you’re not good enough YET. Our staff surely will let the best players start. Letting our future start today is in my opinion quitting the season, if he has not earned it..

    Jarvis Jones is proving that a rookie can start for us (he will soon) when he ‘deserved’ the spot! Now VW has this chance, too!

  • Jonas

    I noticed I should use less exclamation marks.. My texts are read as more aggressive as I meant them 😉

  • Rick Tilves

    NO, Please NO ! Sylvester is a Waste !

  • Beatlejuice

    It seems to me it would make sense to move Jason Worlids to inside backer and have Jones play on the outside or vice versa.