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After visit, Steelers not interesting in signing Phil Taylor due to injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers brought in recently released Phil Taylor for a workout and physical, but have chosen to not sign Taylor due to a knee injury.

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Wednesday it was reported the Pittsburgh Steelers brought in recently released defensive lineman Phil Taylor for a workout. The former Cleveland Browns first round draft pick in 2011 was released after having two injuries to his knees in 2014 and a sub-par 2015 preseason.

Fans speculated what the workout could mean, but as reported by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers were not interested in signing Taylor following the workout and physical.

The Steelers are not interested in signing former Cleveland Browns nose tackle Phil Taylor because he has a bad knee that will require surgery, a source told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Per the report, Taylor's knee injury which would require surgical repair would take too long to heal for him to help the Steelers in the short-term.

Outside of the fact Taylor is leaving Pittsburgh without a contract, the Steelers will still be searching for a back up defensive lineman to round out their final 6. With Stephon Tuitt, Steve McLendon, Cameron Heyward, Cam Thomas and Daniel McCullers as the primary defensive linemen, it leaves one spot available.

The Steelers looking outside the organization speaks about how they feel about rookie L.T. Walton and Ethan Hemer, two players who are inside the organization and could possibly fill the team's void as a reserve player. Look for the team to keep an eye on the waiver wire as the September 5th deadline for NFL teams to trim their roster from 75 to 53 quickly approaches.