Steelers TE Matt Spaeth Expected To Be Placed On IR-Designated-To-Return List Later Today

The Pittsburgh Steelers might have yet another new player on their 53 man roster later on today as they will have a spot to fill should tight end Matt Spaeth be placed on the injured reserve list with the designated to return tag after 4 p.m. EST.

Spaeth, who is still recovering from Lisfranc surgery, would then be forced to miss at least the first eight weeks of the season if placed on the list.

The Steelers decision to keep Michael Palmer on their original 53 man roster means it is unlikely that a another tight end will be added to replace Spaeth. The team is in need of another inside linebacker or true cornerback, however, so it would not be surprising to see Brian Rolle, Marshall McFadden or Isaiah Green resigned when and if the move is made later today.

Green was waived on Monday when the team claimed defensive back Antwon Blake off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars. McFadden, as we reported Sunday evening, was signed to the practice squad of the Oakland Raiders following his Saturday waiving. The drawback to signing him off the Raiders practice would be that he must stay on the Steelers 53 man roster for the next three weeks per the league rules.

The Steelers could decide to add another offensive lineman as well. They replaced John Malecki with Cody Wallace on Sunday, but still could use another tackle if there is one worth signing.

Head coach Mike Tomlin will host his first press conference of the regular season later today and we will pass along any news related to this subject.

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  • steeltown

    I know we have 10 DBs right now and I know they see Shark as nickel capable and I know Golden also played some CB in college, but I would be ALL for signing another CB capable of actually playing CB on Defense

  • Buccos9

    McFadden is on the Raiders’ practice squad.

  • Buccos9

    What I meant about McFadden is that it would be odd for the team to add a LB it didn’t keep on its own practice squad instead of moving Garvin or Baxter onto the roster.

  • joed32

    As the article says they could sign him off of the Raiders practice squad but they would have to keep him on the 53 for at least 3 weeks.

  • Buccos9

    Doesn’t it seem odd not to have kept him on the Steelers practice squad if they had any intention of bringing him back? It would make more sense to me if he had been on the roster and was cut in the last couple of days to make way for other players (like Green).

  • Buccos9

    My thinking was that you would want a player to continue to practice with the team. However, if the Steelesr knew they would make this move quickly, it would make little difference if a player with a year of experience or a veteran missed a few days of practice. Ideally, you would want backups with experience. As usual, Dave is probably right.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    I find it interesting that Hawthorne isn’t mentioned as an article.

  • cencalsteeler

    I echo your statement! The focus has been on depth for the o-line, but the db depth needs some attention. Remember in Waterboy when the kicker looks the field over to find his “bitch” to kick to? I fear the opposing qbs would be salivating seeing Gay back there as well.
    I recall the Dallas game last year when our secondary was depleted and Van Dyke and Victorian were in there. We looked helpless, and Romo put up amazing stats against them that day. Lets not get ourselves in that situation again.

  • joed32

    Yes it does and the article only mentioned it as a possibility. No one thinks that it’s a probability. I wonder about Hawthorne too.

  • steeltown

    Yep, I believe Golden was playing nickel that day as well.. and he blew coverage allowing a TD

  • cencalsteeler

    yes

  • steeltown

    Not to say Golden hasn’t improved his coverage skills since last year, maybe he has, but I still worry.

    I think they really like what they see in Shark Thomas and consider him a solid nickel CB option, the problem lies with the true CB position, who plays outside if Ike and Cortez go down, Gay and Brown, with Shark playing nickel??…That could be a long day

  • cencalsteeler

    Golden was a wet fish thrown to the wolves last year. He has another year under his belt now. But, I do think that is our point. We don’t need a repeat of that again. I’m all for bolstering up our special teams and all, but whats it all for if a db goes down and we throw more wet fish out there?

  • steeltown

    Field position and pinning Teams deep wont matter if we’re giving up chunk yds because we cant cover opposing WRs…

    Lets hope they atleast sign Isaiah Green back to the PS

  • Mkeller

    Agreed. I as well understand that STs are important but you would like to have future position contributors filling some of those ST roles. It would have been nice if Hawthorne was viewed as having value as future contributor. I know a lot of people think Ike is a lock to be back next year but he has a huge salary again….7mil I believe. At some point 6 and 7 mil for a guy who doesn’t get turnovers gets a little steep. I wouldn’t be surprised if he is asked to take a huge shave next year to stay with the team. If he doesn’t then what? William Gay? And please don’t suggest they extend his contract at 34 yrs old to push the pain down the road.

  • steeltown

    No, no extension, lets just hope he agrees to a paycut.. in addition I see us drafting CB in the early-mid Rds next year

    I was hoping Hawthorne could possibly be the guy that contributed by that time, somewhere around 2015 when Ike hangs em up

  • Mkeller

    Again drafting for need. Its a slippery slope when you miss on draft picks. I guess its the new NFL with a flat cap. Depth is hard to come by.

  • Mkeller

    Maybe the Steelers simply didn’t like him as much as some others did? If I wanted to risk loosing a guy to another team I would have exposed Alexander.