Baron Batch’s shot at making the roster figured to suffer a blow when the Steelers traded linebacker Adrian Robinson for Felix Jones; yet the absence of Adrian Robinson should have helped Sylvester’s case, at least on paper.
Reality turns out to be something different.
Also getting a visit from the Turk were:
- offensive tackles D’Anthony Batiste, Mike Farrell,
- wide receivers David Gilreath and wide receiver Tyler Shaw, J.D. Woods
- cornerback Ryan Steed,
- tight end Peter Tuitupou,
- quarterback John Parker Wilson,
- running back Jeremy Wright.
The Steelers have placed linebacker Sean Spence on the team’s Reserve/Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) List. Per NFL rules, this action bars Spence from even practicing with the team for 6 weeks, after which the Steelers have 3 weeks to activate him or place him on injured reserve.
Offensive lineman Justin Cheadle who was recently injured found himself on the waived/injured list as did DeMarcus Van Dyke. The only real difference here is that as both players were injured, the Steelers must reach an injury settlement with them.
Steelers seventh round draft pick Nick Williams, whose best shot was the practice squad, was also placed on injured reserve ending his rookie season before it ever began in a move that bolsters Al Woods and Alameda Ta'amu’s chances of making the final roster.