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Steelers place LaMarr Woodley on injured reserve

Steelers shut Woodley down with his second calf injury this year, raising questions about his future in Pittsburgh. They filled his spot with free agent LB Jamaal Westerman.

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers have placed OLB LaMarr Woodley on the injured reserve with yet another calf injury, ending his 7th year with the team early.  This also makes 2 of the last 3 years with less than 11 games played for Woodley, with last year being his 3 season high with 13 games played.

The Steelers will go rookie Jarvis Jones across from Jason Worilds for the last two games of this season in what could be the future LB pairing for the Steelers.

In his press conference today, Tomlin noted that Woodley was playing well when he wasn't injured, but the Steelers have to rethink Woodley's long-term future with the team, even if cutting him carries significant dead weight next season.  Woodley will be 30 next year, and hasn't played 16 games since 2010, yet he is the second highest paid player on the team.

The Steelers signed LB Jamaal Westerman who was released by the Bills a week ago.  Westerman has played in 12 games this season (1 more than Woodley) with only 9 combined tackles and .5 sacks.  This is Westerman's 5th year in the league and his 5th team, after starting his career with the Jets as an undrafted free agent.  Westerman's best year was in 2011 when he had 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks for the Jets.