Steelers' Terry Hawthorne has surgery, signs contract

Justin K. Aller

The day after having a procedure to remove bone chips from his knee, Hawthorne signs a four year deal with Pittsburgh

The Steelers signed yet another draft pick today, inking fifth round CB Terry Hawthorne to four year deal today.

For Hawthorne, the Steelers clearly aren't concerned about his recent knee procedure, signing his contract the day after he was seen on crutches at the end of the second OTA after an procedure to remove bone chips from his knee.

From yesterday's post about his injury:

Hawthorne battled injuries while playing at Illinois, and they are part of the reason the once highly touted prospect fell to Pittsburgh in the fifth round. Hawthorne is expected to compete for the fourth CB on the depth chart, providing a physical presence at corner and, if Carnell Lake is to be believed, a future replacement for Ike Taylor.

The Steelers are hoping Hawthorne can provide depth at the position that will start a player other than the previous year's starter for the sixth straight year. Veteran Keenan Lewis signed with New Orleans this offseason, pushing Cortez Allen into the starting role. Newly signed William Gay andCurtis Brown and are likely the team's nickel and fourth corner, respectively.

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