The Steelers continue to play musical chairs with their 53rd roster spot today, giving running back Najeh Davenport something to be thankful for, as he returns to the team, while cutting reserve cornerback Roy Lewis.
The Steelers released Davenport following their victory over the Washington Redskins. Lewis, who joined the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent had played on the team’s practice squad all year, until being activated prior to the San Diego game, when both starting corners Deshea Townsend and Bryant McFadden were injured.
Davenport’s return does not necessarily mean that Willie Parker will not play against New England. Parker has missed five games to injury and was taken out at half time against the Bengals when he “tweaked” his sprained MCL. It was reported that Parker suffered from swelling around the knee earlier this week, but it was reported that he returned to practice today.
In contrast, Lewis’ departure could possibly signal that Bryant McFadden will return to the line up against the Patriots this week. McFadden has been nursing a broken arm in recent weeks, and began practicing a week ago. McFadden’s return could give a boost to a secondary preparing to face off against a Matt Cassel who has passed for 400 yards in consecutive games.
Assuming he clears waivers, Roy Lewis will likley return to the Steeler practice squad.