Steelers Place Velasko on IR; Sign Two Offensive Lineman

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Well the Pittsburgh Steelers have suffered from more bad news after their close loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday night. The Steelers placed center Fernando Velasko on injured reserve after he went down with an achilles injury in the 4th quarter. Velasko was signed by the Steelers on September 9th, after Maurkice Pouncey went down with a knee in the first game of the season.

In an effort to move forward, the Steelers signed two offensive lineman on Saturday and released defensive back DeMarcus Van Dyke. The Steelers signed tackle Rashad Butler, an eight year veteran originally drafted by the Panthers in 2006, and center Eric Olsen, who was drafted in 2010 by the Saints.

.@steelers place C Fernando Velasco on IR; release DeMarcus Van Dyke – team signs OT Rashad Butler & C Eric Olsen.

Both lineman have made just four career starts. Butler has played in 50-career games, and Olsen has played in 17.

The Steelers also suffered injuries to offensive tackles Kelvin Beachum and Mike Adams on Thursday night. Both Adams and Beachum’s injuries have not been updated. The Steelers had to rely on Guy Whimper and Cody Wallace.

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