Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - The Pittsburgh Steelers officially shut
down three players on Wednesday, placing tight end Heath Miller, cornerback
Ike Taylor and running back Baron Batch on injured reserve.
The team announced Monday that Miller will need surgery to repair an
anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament injury, and also
possibly injured his posterior cruciate ligament in Sunday's loss
to the Cincinnati Bengals, which eliminated the Steelers from playoff
Miller finished the season with 71 catches for a career-high 816 yards and
Taylor suffered a right ankle injury during a Week 13 win over Baltimore and
hadn't taken the field since. The setback ended his streak of 135 games
played. A Louisiana-Lafayette product, Taylor ended with 32 tackles and one
interception in 12 games.
Batch suffered a fractured arm in Sunday's loss. The Texas Tech product
concluded the year with 49 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries, adding four
receptions for 31 yards.
To fill the roster spots, the Steelers signed tight end Jamie McCoy, safety
Damon Cromartie-Smith and linebacker Marshall McFadden.
In addition, defensive back Walter McFadden and wide receiver Bert Reed were
signed to the practice squad.
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