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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Steelers Injury Update: Brett Keisel's season is over

By on 12/02/2014 12:44:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers placed defensive end Brett Keisel on injured reserve Monday, effectively ending his season. Keisel tore his triceps in the Steelers' 35-32 loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The injury was thought to be severe immediately following the loss, and that was confirmed Monday.

To replace Keisel on the 53-man roster, the Steelers signed defensive end Clifton Geathers, according to a story by ESPN. Geathers was taken in the sixth round of the 2010 draft by the Cleveland Browns. He has played in 37 games since then. The Steelers are his sixth team as well.

As for Keisel, he is signed through next season, but he's a 13 year veteran and turned 36 in September of this year. The Steelers may decide to move forward without him.

He signed a two-year, $3 million contract with the Steelers but only his signing bonus ($500,000) was guaranteed. The Steelers would absorb a $250,000 salary cap hit in 2015 if they release Keisel after this season. (per ESPN)

Keisel played a total of 12 games in 2014, he had 17 tackles, one sack and an interception. He also had 12 quarterback pressures and five passes defensed.

Keisel will likely be replaced by Stephon Tuitt in the nickle and Tuitt will team with Cameron Heyward in the package that removes the nose tackle and adds an extra defensive back.

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