Steelers roster transactions: Capping off full day of moves

Brian A. Westerholt

A brief run-down of all the roster moves the Steelers made after their Week 1 loss to Tennessee.

It had to be sort of a bitter report to file.

Rarely does a team put so much collective experience and need on the injured-reserve list at the same time. Monday, the Steelers placed center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker Larry Foote and running back LaRod Stephens-Howling on IR, ending their seasons.

Also, kicker Shaun Suisham suffered a hamstring injury, and he will be out for a few weeks.

In response to those moves, the Steelers have or will sign RB Jonathan Dwyer, K Shayne Graham and C/G Fernando Velasco.

Dwyer, as fans remember, was released by the Steelers in their final roster cuts. Graham the long-time Bengals kicker, was recently released by the Cleveland Browns. He kicked for the Houston Texans last season.

Velasco was with the Tennessee Titans last year, making 16 starts - 12 at center and three at left guard. A former undrafted free agent from Georgia in 2008, he was beaten out for a roster spot in Tennessee.

It's likely all three will get significant playing time against Cincinnati in Week 2 - if not start outright. Dwyer would replace Redman, who rushed eight times for nine yards in the loss, fumbling twice (although one was due to a rushed exchange from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger). Velasco has an extra day to learn the offense and the calls (the Steelers are at Cincinnati for Monday Night Football in Week 2), and judging by the performance and relative inexperience at the position from Kelvin Beachum, the extra day of work will all but assure Velasco will start.

Graham will replace Suisham on the game day roster, but Suisham remains on their 53-man roster.

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