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Stevenson Sylvester works out for Steelers

The former Steelers linebacker reportedly got a chance to win back his old position, but the team hasn't announced any moves, and it doesn't appear there is one pending.

Jared Wickerham

Baltimore Sun and National Football Post writer Aaron Wilson reported the Steelers hosted a workout for linebacker Stevenson Sylvester this past week.

Sylvester was released by the Steelers after training camp this year. Shortcomings at their inside linebacker positions likely prompted the move. Veteran starter Larry Foote was lost for the season in Week 1, and Kion Wilson and rookie Vince Williams have been filling in with less-than-desirable results.

Sylvester has been injured often since becoming the team's fifth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was seen as a future starter with the team, but he struggled to stay on the field, leading to his release.

He was injured in the preseason when rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton clipped his knee after giving pursuit in punt coverage. That isn't likely to be what predicated his release, but it limited his opportunity to make an impression.

It isn't being suggested he and the Steelers are close to coming to terms on a deal, and given the Steelers tenuous salary cap position as well as their lack of depth at the position suggests the workout wasn't enough to win back his old roster spot. The Steelers (0-4) travel to New York to take on the Jets (3-2) in Week 6.

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