Steelers Sign LB Stevenson Sylvester; Waive LB Kion Wilson

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a few roster moves on Wednesday as linebacker Stevenson Sylvester was signed back to the team and linebacker Kion Wilson was waived to make room for him.

Sylvester was originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth-round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of Utah and played a total 76 snaps over the course of his first three years in the league. He was with the team this year in training camp, but waived just prior to the start of the regular season after recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the preseason opener against the New York Giants.

Sylvester is expected to contribute mostly on special teams upon his return to Pittsburgh as Wilson was a key contributor on special teams before suffering a hamstring injury in the loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Steelers might also be without the services of another special teams contributor Sunday against the New York Jets as safety Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith is currently trying to battle back from a hip injury suffered against the Vikings.

Wilson started games two games for the Steelers at the buck linebacker position after Larry Foote was lost for the season in the opener against the Tennessee Titans. He was overtaken as the starter by rookie Vince Williams in the game against the Vikings and did not play a defensive snap in that contest.

  • TrueSteelerForLife

    Haha, do-over much!

  • Dr. Doom

    The Jets from my memory have a very good returner no need to take chances. Speaking of special teams, Tomlin stated in his press conference they have asked Mesko to kick away from returners? Care to comment Steelers Depot

  • cencalsteeler

    I’m not much for resigning previously released players. But, in this case with special team injuries coupled with Wilsons injury, it was a good in-season move. Welcome back Sly, I hope you brought some motivation with you.

  • Primanti05

    Really? When will someone wake up and realize Tomlin is a poor judge of talent. His poor drafts and in-game decisions have driven this team into the ground. Sylvester is cut, then brought back later after he realizes Wilson can’t cut it? And this is not related to Wilson’s injury either. What’s next? Re-signing Casey Hampton and Joey Porter? We need to make good personnel decisions and move forward from there. Someone needs to wake up before we become the Browns……or have we already?

  • Dom

    Sylvester is not going to be much more than special teams coverage. It really has nothing to do with realizing wilson is not going to cut it.

  • TheBlitz

    A certain LB recently wearing #92 was cut, released and signed a couple of times before turning into a DPOY.

  • HopalongCassidy

    I wonder if Tomlin’s judgment of a player is sometimes clouded by certain biases that he may harbor rather than sound football evaluations ?

  • Virdin Barzey

    Agreed….but that will not be the same story with #55.

    I like the move because Sylvester plays well on Special Teams.

    One other thought. Have anyone consider that some of these guys are a round pegs being put into square holes? They kept Sylvester for so long and he was to take the Mack role. Maybe that was too much for him. Just like Ziggy who probably should be a nose tackle.

  • Virdin Barzey

    First off its just not Tomlin. You need to start with Colbert then Tomlin. Second, yes it is related to Wilsons injury. Third, not too many options to play quickly in our system this coming Sunday. Lastly, years of not making moves up the draft to get playmakers is the results we are facing…..BTW we are currently the Browns of the division at 0-4.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I believe Sly was cut because he could not stay on the field more than anything. Sly has better knowledge of the defense so if he has to go in he can probably perform better. I believe it is a upgrade as long as Sly can stay healthy.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He can be quite confusing to me. My friends and I have a saying when drafts are going on when you see a guy drafted earlier than you thought saying it’s a Tomlin pick. Normally very athletic but dumb as a box of rocks. AKA Worlids, Timmons

  • Menace_501

    I think its hilarious looking at all the posts blaming Colbert, Tomlin. All you armchair coaches think winning in he NFL is easy. If so why do we have the most SBs with 6. 6 out of how many years!!!! Stop crying and let the professionals do what they do. Or go apply for a job with the Rooney’s. Noll and Cowher had their bad years too!!!! They will make the changes and life will go on. Dave keep up with the good work on the site and thank you for all the useful information.

  • Dr. Doom

    Timmons dumb-top 5 ILB

  • Kenneth Wilt

    On top of this, Sly was basically out all preseason due to injury. No one ever said he was cut because Wilson was better only that he was healthier…that is no longer the case.

  • Chad H

    I guess you have no idea what Timmons does for this defense. I will not say anymore because your evaluation of him has to be one of the biggest ????
    You figure it out.

  • Slab

    well said. These same fans said the exact same things about Cowher. These are the same fans that are convinced they could run a draft and call be a better OC. What a joke!

  • Johnny Loose

    totally agree. I constantly argue w/ people about this. Steelers employees have their jobs, we have ours. Love em or leave em. Its not like I’m saying you can’t have an opinion on the team. But some of the stuff people come up with is what I’m going to call “Steel Sacrilege”. Complain all you want about a players execution or lack-thereof. But when you start arguing personnel decisions, draft picks, what offensive/defensive scheme we “should” be running. There is a GREAT chance you’re in over your head whether you want to admit it or not. #SteelerFan4Life #NoBandwagon

  • Fritz Baughman

    Ziggy as a nose tackle?? Good Lord. That’s probably the position he would LEAST succeed at. He gets pushed around bad enough as a DE.

  • Rubem Dornas

    How many snaps for him being injured?

  • daddeeekip

    Just remember Colbert and his scouting staff has more to do with it than Tomlin.

  • Eric

    Doom, what gives you the tight to call Timmons Dumb? Did you just finish doing brain surgery or launch a rocket?

  • Xclewsive

    When will fans realize it’s not Tomlin running the draft process? I swear fans are so gullible some times is nauseating. All the time questions the decision making of the coach, but turning a blind eye that there is 12 or more FO personnel involved. With the deciding factor be a agreement of the minds.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    They should have Ziggy play guard. He seems athletic enough I know it won’t happen but its an interesting thought.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I’m don’t think Stevenson was ever 100% until now, and I’m sure he’s an upgrade over Wilson.

  • Jazz

    Dude! I couldn’t have agreed with you more. Tomlin has done a terrible job of evaluating talent. I’m not letting Colbert off the hook either, take a look at his previous 9 drafts, great selections in the First Round, he has not done a great job evaluating talent beyond that. Mike Tomlin has done a Piss Poor A$$ Job of evaluating talent and making in-game-decisions. Please Mr. Rooney! Light a Fire up under is A$$ at least. I hope they make some changes, take away some of his authority when making selections, when putting his roster together, the Coach is horrible. Allow me to give you a few examples: they cut Dwyer after training camp, even though he was the best RB during preseason and kept Redman. They released Sly (Stevenson Sylvestor) and kept Kion Wilson. Sly has never panned out to be nothing but a Special Teams Player. And can somebody PLEASE tell me what the Hell they see in Curtis Brown, CB out of Texas? Poor Job of evaluating talent. Stop waisting draft picks on players just to be Special Team Players. Curtis Brown is going to help the team if Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen gets hurt? Oh Yeah!

  • Dr. Doom

    Some people have all the answers. The Steelers defense is extremely difficult to figure out and not only that he has to know his assignment as well as Vince Williams.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    To all that has commented. It took Timmons over 4 years to “GET IT”. He was always lost in coverage and rarely knew his assignment. All he was was a physical freak. Just because he is performing better today doesn’t make him smart. Stats do not always equal intelligence my friends.

  • Riverstko

    This sylvester pick up is more than him just playing spec teams, we are still looking for a solid mlb to replace foote. Not sure if v williams is the answer.