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Steelers bring up defensive end Brian Arnfelt from practice squad
The Steelers added some defensive line depth on Saturday, signing rookie end Brian Arnfelt from their practice squad.
Arnfelt (6-4, 298 ) signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern in April. He has been on the club’s practice squad all season.
The Steelers have some injury issues at defensive end. Brett Keisel (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game vs. Cincinnati, while Ziggy Hood (ankle) is probable.
With Arnfelt joining the roster, the Steelers waived inside linebacker Kion Wilson, who appeared in seven games and made two early-season starts for Pittsburgh.
I actually like what I saw of Arnfedlt earlier. He could be one of these gem UDFAs Colbert seems to come up with every few seasons.
If he gets in the game, Flippy will get hot and bothered....
If he makes a play, Flippy will have to change his pants...
Notebook: Longshot To Watch
By Jim Wexell
Posted Dec 15, 2013
The Steelers have promoted a player at a position that could become scary thin in March, other Sunday notes.
Here's a longshot Steeler to watch in these final three games:
Brian Arnfelt, a big-bodied defensive end, was promoted from the practice squad to bolster a position that's not nearly as thin now as it will be in March.
With the contracts of Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood and Al Woods expiring after the season, and this year's seventh-round draft pick, Nick Williams, still using a crutch to get around on a leg injury, the Steelers could be down to only one defensive end in March -- Cameron Heyward.
Arnfelt now has a chance to show why the Steelers kept him on their practice squad all season, and are now protecting his rights at the expense of linebacker Kion Wilson, who was released Saturday.
A defensive tackle and captain at Northwestern last season, Arnfelt had three sacks, and then measured a tick over 6-4 and weighed 303 at the combine, where he ran a 4.81 40 with 38 bench reps.
An undrafted free agent, Arnfelt was the Steelers' second-team left defensive end throughout spring drills and training camp while the Steelers gave Woods work as a backup nose tackle.