The Steelers signed 9 players to their offseason roster on Thursday including 7 players that were on that ended the season on the practice squasd. Those players were; TE Eugene Bright, WR Jason Chery, S Tuff Harris, DT Steve McClendon, RB Isaac Redman, RB Justin Vincent and LB Johnny Williams. Also re-signed were second-year defensive tackle Scott Paxson and first-year kicker Piotr Czech to their offseason roster both of who were with the Steelers in training camp this past year.
The Steelers signed defensive back Trae Williams to their active roster on Monday from the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. To make room for Williams on the Steelers active roster, rookie cornerback Keenan Lewis was placed on injured reserve with a back injury.
The Steelers made a practice squad move on Tuesday as they released guard Jonathan Palmer and signed wide receiver Jason Chery. Chery was needed to help take reps because of the injuries to Hines Ward and Mike Wallace, who may be limited in the early week of practice. The release of Palmer also signified that guard Chris Kemoeatu got a good week of rest and should be ready to go this week versus Baltimore.
The Steelers announced today that long snapper Greg Warren and wide receiver Limas Sweed will miss the remainder of the season. Warren has been placed on injured reserve with a right knee injury after tearing his ACL on the final play of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. Wide receiver Limas Sweed has been placed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list. The Steelers will add two players to complete their 53-man roster prior to Sunday’s 1 p.m. regular season home finale against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Steelers have signed former Kentucky linebacker Johnny Williams to the practice squad on Wednesday. Williams spent the preseason with the Jacksonville Jaguars but was cut on September 5th. At Kentucky, Williams was a three year starter at strongside linebacker and led the team with 5 sacks in his senior season.
The Washington Redskins announced today that they have signed linebacker Curtis Gatewood off of the Steelers practice squad. Gatewood had signed with the Steelers practice squad on Nov. 17, 2009. The signing now leaves the Steelers one spot to fill on their 8 man practice squad.
On Tuesday the Steelers re-signed guard Jonathan Palmer back to the practice squad. Palmer had been released last week from the practice squad when Isaac Redman was signed.
The Steelers made a roster move on Wednesday by releasing quarterback Tyler Palko and signing wide receiver Tyler Grisham from the practice squad. The move has two meanings. First, Charlie Batch now appears healthy enough to serve as the emergency #3 quarterback. Secondly, Hines Ward will likely miss the Thursday night game against Cleveland with a hamstring strain.
As expected, the Steelers signed running back Isaac Redman back to the practice squad on Tuesday and released guard Jonathan Palmer to make room for him. Redman was signed to help take some carries in practice as Rashard Mendenhall is limited with an ankle sprain.
The Steelers re-signed veteran cornerback Anthony Madison to their active roster on Wednesday just one day after he was released from the Indianapolis Colts. The Steelers released cornerback Corey Ivy who was just signed last week to make room for Madison. Madison will hopefully bring some much needed help to special teams on both the kickoff and punt coverage teams.
The Steelers made changes to their practice squad on Wednesday, by re-signing defensive tackle Steve McLendon and running back Justin Vincent. In a somewhat surprising move they released running back Isaac Redman.
On Saturday the Steelers promoted newly signed quarterback Tyler Palko from the practice squad to the active 53 man roster and veteran wide receiver Shaun McDonald was released to make room. Palko was promoted because starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be sidelined Sunday night with post concussion headaches that surfaced late in the week. Dennis Dixon will now start Sunday night versus the Ravens. It would be very surprising if McDonald cleared waivers and be re-signed at a later date.
The Steelers officially signed quarterback Tyler Palko to the practice squad on Wednesday and released rookie defensive tackle Steve McLendon. McLendon had signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie out of Troy.
The roster moves continued on Tuesday as the Steelers signed cornerback Corey Ivy to the active roster along with linebacker Rocky Boiman. To make room for both players, the Steelers released linebacker Donovan Woods and cornerback Keiwan Ratliff. Also in a practice squad move the Steelers signed guard Jonathan Palmer was signed to the team’s practice squad and running back Justin Vincent was released.
In need of special teams help, the Steelers signed linebacker Rocky Boiman to a one year deal on Tuesday. Boiman was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played his college football at Notre Dame. He has spent time on the rosters of Dallas, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Kansas City. No word who was released to make room for Boiman.
Mike Prisuta is reporting for Steel City Insider that the Steelers will sign quarterback Tyler Palko to the practice squad on Wednesday. It was reported earlier in the day that the Steelers were going to bring in Jeff Garcia and Cleo Lemon for visits, but those stories ended up not being true. For now the Steelers will go with 2 healthy quarterbacks on the roster and Dennis Dixon will serve as the backup to Ben Roethlisberger. No word yet on who was released from the practice squad to make room for Palko. An announcement on the status of Charlie Batch will likely be made on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, the Steelers signed linebacker Curtis Gatewood to the practice squad to fill the spot vacated by Donovan Woods. Gatewood is in his second season out of Vanderbilt and was originally signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He has also spent time on the rosters of the Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles. He was cut by the Eagles earlier this year in the final roster cut down to 53.
In an attempt to shore up the Steelers special teams unit and more specifically the kick off return coverage, the Steelers released linebacker Arnold Harrison on Tuesday and signed linebacker Donovan Woods from the practice squad to replace him. Woods is an accomplished special teams player. Mike Tomlin will likely address this move in his noon press conference.
On Wednesday the Steelers placed defensive end Aaron Smith on injured reserve and signed defensive end Ra'Shon Harris from the Carolina Panthers practice squad to the 53-man roster. Smith suffered a severe right shoulder injury during the Detroit Lions game this past Sunday and will require season ending surgery. Harris was a sixth-round draft pick of the Steelers in the 2009 NFL draft and was released in the final round of roster cuts before the season started.