The Steelers added veteran cornerback Fernando Bryant to their roster Tuesday to help add depth to a unit depleted due to injuries to Bryant McFadden and Deshea Townsend.
To make room for Bryant on the roster, the team released linebacker Donovan Woods, who they hope to add to the practice squad again.
The team also added safety Ryan Mundy to its practice squad. Mundy was a sixth-round draft pick this year who was injured in training camp. To make room for Mundy on the pratice squad, the team released Grant Mason.
Bryant, a 10-year veteran, has played for Jacksonville – where he was a first-round draft pick – Detroit and New England.
He was released by New England at the end of training camp by the Patriots.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Bryant will battle Anthony Madison for the nickel corner spot this week with Townsend out with a hamstring injury and McFadden needing at least one more week to recover from a broken forearm.
© Heath Miller will likely not play again this week due to a high ankle sprain.
© LaMarr Woodley is expected to be back this week after sitting out Sunday with a calf injury.
© Willie Parker is also expected to return this week after sitting out against the Colts with a shoulder injury. Tomlin said Parker's shoulder briefly popped out of the socket against the Redskins, but Parker did not realize it at the time.
While he did not exactly deny Parker has a torn labrum, he also did not confirm it.
© Left tackle Marvel Smith could be back at practice this week, but he may not be ready to step back into the starting lineup. Smith has been out a month with a back injury and Tomlin admitted Smith may be a little rusty.
© Tomlin is hopeful that Ben Roethlisberger will be able to go through an entire week of practice. He admitted that Roethlisberger's lack of practice time this season may be starting to have a trickle-down effect.