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.