´ Steel Curtain Rising: Steelers Place Matt Spaeth in Injured Reserve; Sign LB Terrance Garvin to Take His Slot

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Steelers Place Matt Spaeth in Injured Reserve; Sign LB Terrance Garvin to Take His Slot

As expected the Pittsburgh Steelers placed tight end Matt Spaeth on the injured reserved return designation list. The move allows Spaeth to return to the team at some point after the 8th game of the season. Matt Spaeth returned to the Steelers in free agency, and was their number 1 tight end due to Heath Miller’s injury.
This is the second year in a row that the Steelers have used such a designation prior to having used it on David DeCastro last year. DeCastro was placed on IR before the Steelers opener vs. Denver, and returned to action for the Steelers loss vs. Dallas.

If the decision to place Spaeth on IR was a not a surprise, the other roster decisions the Steelers made perhaps were. Some had suspected that the Steelers would fill the roster spot with linebacker Marshall McFadden, whom they cut earlier this week.
  • The Steelers did fill the slot with a linebacker, but it was Terrance Garvin, whom they signed from their practice squad.
To fill the remaining practice squad slot the Steelers did not opt for either candidate, being McFadden or offensive lineman John Malecki, (update/editor's note, Malecki has no practice squad eligibility) but signed wide receiver Kashif Moore.

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