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Steelers add Kion Wilson to practice, squad, release Alan Baxter

Undrafted rookie and fan favorite Alan Baxter is the odd man out as the Steelers elect to keep Kion Wilson on their practice squad after releasing him from the active roster earlier this week.

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Completing the full circle of moves the Steelers made this week, linebacker Kion Wilson has been added to the team's practice squad. To make room, they released undrafted rookie Alan Baxter.

Wilson replaced LB Larry Foote after he tore a biceps during the Steelers' Week 1 loss to Tennessee. He started the next two games, splitting snaps with rookie Vince Williams.

Williams started the Steelers' Week 4 loss to Minnesota, and Wilson was released when the team signed Stevenson Sylvester to their roster earlier this week.

Baxter, an undersized but high-energy outside linebacker, made an impression in training camp and in preseason games. He became a fan favorite, much like Adrian Robinson did in 2012.

Robinson was traded to Philadelphia for running back Felix Jones, but was subsequently released. He is now with the Denver Broncos.

Wilson had 11 total tackles in the four games he played. It isn't certain how much work Sylvester will get right away, but he is expected to share snaps with Williams at the Steelers' buck inside linebacker position.

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