Tag:Steve McLendon
Posted on: January 26, 2012 4:31 pm

Casey Hampton to undergo ACL surgery

C. Hampton wants to return to Pittsburgh next season (US Presswire).

By Josh Katzowitz

Suddenly, the Steelers are in desperate need of a nose tackle. Or at least, a healthy one that hasn’t retired.

Casey Hampton told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette that he will undergo ACL surgery on Friday after injuring himself in the Steelers playoff loss to the Broncos. Considering Chris Hoke told the Steelers on Wednesday that he would retire, this means the depth at nose tackle is non-existent.

The paper writes the team wouldn’t be willing to go into 2012 without both players, so even though Pittsburgh is $25 million over the salary cap and Hampton will count $8 million against the cap next season, the team might not have a choice -- the Steelers simply might have to bring back the 34-year-old, assuming his rehab allows him to do so.

Steve McLendon is the only nose tackle in the organization with any experience, and he’s largely considered a backup player.

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 2:15 pm

Steelers end Dixon's season

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Dixon The Steelers announced today they’ve placed QB Dennis Dixon on the IR list, ending his season. Dixon injured his knee in Week 2 vs. Tennessee, and in his two appearances this season, he completed 68.8 percent of his passes for 254 yards and an interception.

If this news had occurred a few weeks ago, there’d be considerable more hand-wringing in Pittsburgh. But with Ben Roethlisberger set to end his four-game suspension after this week’s game vs. the Ravens and with Charlie Batch starring in Week 3, the loss of Dixon doesn’t hurt quite as much.

To replace his spot on the 53-man roster, Pittsburgh signed DT Steve McLendon from the practice squad.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 4:45 pm

Leftwich released by Steelers

Posted by Will Brinson

The Pittsburgh Steelers released Byron Leftwich on Saturday in a move that's not expected to be permanent.

The team, according to Steelers' Digest on Twitter , released Leftwich (who's out for several weeks after a preseason injury) and signed defensive lineman Steve McLendon off the practice squad.

The move is purportedly just to boost the team's defensive line depth -- Lord knows you can get gassed trying to stop Chris Johnson -- and apparently Leftwich will be signed again by next week.

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