December 9, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Micheal Spurlock (87) returns a punt against Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Will Allen (26) and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (55) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers re-sign Stevenson Sylvester; release Wilson


Still searching for their first win of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers made a minor depth move on Wednesday to hopefully improve their underachieving linebacker core.

Nov 25, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Stevenson Sylvester (55) during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Cleveland won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers have brought back a familiar face, re-signing inside linebacker Stevenson Sylvester. To made room on the roster for Sylvester, the team released inside linebacker Kion Wilson.

Sylvester was a fifth-round pick in 2010 who was released in August after being a backup and special-teams player with the Steelers for the past couple of seasons.

While some of the Steelers young linebackers turned in an impressive camp, Sylvester did not. He didn’t make many plays defensively and didn’t stand out out special teams, the area where he was most likely to be used.

However with all of the problems with the Steelers defense at the moment, he will likely get the opportunity to beef up the coverage units, as I don’t see him getting much of an opportunity to play on the defense.

The release of Wilson turns out to be not a big loss.

The third-year free agent, was the starter in Week 2 after veteran Larry Foote suffered a season-ending triceps injury. But he has since been leapfrogged on the depth chart by rookie Vince Williams, who started the most recent game against the Vikings.

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  • Carl Eagan

    Yeah bring back a vet who couldn’t beat out a 6th round rookie and no one else wanted that will turn things around.