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Pittsburgh Steelers place Cortez Allen on Injured Reserve, move Tyler Murphy to 53-man roster

The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed corner Cortez Allen on season-ending IR, and have filled his spot on the 53-man roster with Tyler Murphy.

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In a move that should surprise nobody, the Steelers have promoted QB/WR Tyler Murphy from the practice squad. To make room on the 53, they have placed CB Cortez Allen on injured reserve. Allen has been battling a knee injury for what seems like the entire 2015 season so far.

Murphy spent the week quarterbacking the scout team in practice, with Michael Vick unable to play due to a hamstring injury sustained in the Arizona Cardinals game last Sunday. And with Ben Roethlisberger one more week away from action, the team can't go into this game against the Kansas City Chiefs with only Landry Jones at the QB position.

Murphy is 6-foot 1-inch, 214 lbs and played QB in at Boston College, but was added to the Steelers during the off-season to play wide receiver. In 2015, he has one catch for 16 yards in Week 1, but was cut and placed on the practice squad to make room for Le'Veon Bell returning from his 2-game suspension.

The news of Murphy being added to the roster indicates Ben Roethlisberger will likely be inactive for the game on Sunday, leaving Murphy as the emergency quarterback, with Landry Jones as the starter. It will be Landry Jones' time to shine on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, so let's hope the team doesn't have to turn to Murphy to win a football game on the road.