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Steelers place Clark and Tuman on Injured Reserve

Yesterday the question was asked by Blitzburgh if Chidi Iwouma should be brought back and the biggest road block in that move would be whose roster spot he would take. Well the roadblock is now moved as the Steelers have placed Ryan Clark and Jerame Tuman on injured reserve ending their seasons. Clark has the inflamed spleen that was discovered after the Denver game and Tuman has a disc problem in his back and hasn't played in three of the past four games. This move does hurt the depth in the secondary as Clark filled in at strong safety when Troy missed a game. Marvin Philip was signed from the practice squad to fill one of the open spots and the other spot currently remains open.

So the question now is who will fill the final roster spot? I doubt it will be someone `in house' because they could have already pulled one guy off the practice squad, so we very well could see Chidi return to the Steelers. It will also be interesting to see what the Steelers do with Clark after the season is over. He's in the second year of a four year deal and if Anthony Smith steps in and plays well, Clark might be considered expendable.

So who do you guys think will be the newest Steeler?

Update [2007-11-14 11:9:40 by cgolden]:: Chidi will have to wait some more as the Steelers have promoted Grant Mason from the practice squad to replace Clark. Mason was a 3rd round pick in 2004 by Tampa Bay, an intersting note considering Tomlin was the secondary coach during that season. Mason made a name for himself by being a special teams standout but did not play last season after being waived by the Saints last year. Former West Virginia safety Mike Lorello was added to the practice squad. He's been in the Steelers' camp each of the past two seasons. It'll be interesting to see if Mason is on kickoff coverage this weekend.