You have to feel for Isaiah Green and Kion Wilson. Both men survived the 2013 Steelers final round of training camp cuts. And yet, each time the Steelers have needed an extra roster spot, one or the other man has been cut. Its happened so many times to both men that keeping count has become a futile affair.
The Steelers only have 3 weeks remaining in a 2013 season that has come down to “Playing for Pride” but they continue to make roster moves.
Roster move for @Steelers: DE Arnfelt signed from practice squad for depth. ILB Kion Wilson waived to open a roster spot
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) December 14, 2013
The move itself is interesting. Mike Tomlin has vowed that he would not use the Steelers final three games to experiment with younger players. Yet, Behind the Steel Curtain singled out Brian Arnfelt for his strong play during the Steelers 0-4 2013 preseason effort, suggesting that he could be one of Kevin Colbert’s undrafted rookie free agent gems.
- He didn’t make the Steelers final cut, but of Arnfelt of course made the practice squad.
The smart money says to take Mike Tomlin and Bob Labriola at their words, as there is no assurance that Arnfelt will play let alone dress.
It is Brett Keisel’s injury that is likely prompting the Steelers to make the move. Keisel’s return from injury on Thanksgiving vs. the Ravens lasted all of 8 plays, and he’s not seen the field since. With Steve McLendon and Ziggy Hood also nursing injuries, the Steelers are most likely stockpiling bodies on defensive line.
Still, if he does suit up, it will be good to get a good look at Brian Arnfelt.
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