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Steelers add kicker to roster after Chris Boswell abdominal injury

Early Saturday the had some breaking news which resulted in a roster move at the kicker position.

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For Pittsburgh Steelers fans, talking about kickers can be a sensitive subject. After the dreaded 2015 season which saw Shaun Suisham lost for the year with an ACL injury, Garrett Hartley released with a hamstring injury, and the dreaded Josh Scobee experiment the thought of having kicking troubles is a bad thought.

Nonetheless, those troubles brought the Steelers current kicker Chris Boswell.

Boswell has been have an average season throughout 2016, but was added to the team’s injury report Saturday after a reported abdominal injury. There is no saying he won’t be able to kick Sunday against the New York Giants, but the Steelers needed an insurance policy, and they did so by signing Randy Bullock to their roster.

Bullock has kicked for several teams, including the Houston Texans, New York Jets and even the Giants, and could add the Steelers to his growing list of employers in Week 13 of the NFL season.

To make room on the roster the Steelers released cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz.

There is no way of knowing just how serious Boswell’s injury is, and how long he could be out of the lineup, but if Bullock can make the kicks he is expected to make, the Steelers offense should be able to put him in manageable situations. In fact, this would be a perfect game where the only thing Bullock has to worry about is kicking point after touchdowns and kickoffs.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on the injury news heading into Sunday’s game at Heinz Field.