Shawn Lemon's NFL dreams came to an end today after the Steelers released him from the physically unable to perform list. The linebacker had been suffering from a strained Achilles tendon.
Lemon seemed to be a promising prospect. After a few successful years in the Canadian Football League, there was hope the 26-year-old linebacker could make a smooth transition to the NFL. Lemon himself had high hopes when he first was signed by the Steelers saying in May, "I'm so grateful to the Steelers for this opportunity but now it's up to me to take advantage of it."
In his place, the Steelers picked up DB Jordan Sullen whose history in the NFL includes a short stint on the Steelers practice squad in 2014, as well as time with both the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears. The 6'0" 200-lb 25-year-old went undrafted out of Tulane.
At Tulane, Sullen played cornerback where he had 96 tackles, 20 pass break-ups, three interceptions and one forced fumble. Though the Steelers released Sullen from their practice squad, something about him must have impressed the organization since he got the call today to fill the void Lemon has left.