Pittsburgh Steelers sign Stevenson Sylvester, cut Kion Wilson


 

The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a minor move to their linebackers corps, as they have decided to cut Kion Wilson and bring Stevenson Sylvester back to take Wilson’s place as a key backup on the Steelers defense. Sylvester has played for the Steelers in each of the past three seasons, and the team seemed optimistic that he would be able to continue to take steps forward this year.

The backup LB and special-teamer, however, was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 53-man roster crunchdown. He was then worked out by the Detroit Lions early in the regular season, but the Lions elected not to sign the 25-year-old Utah product. That’s a good thing for the Steelers, as they now have their backup LB and solid core special-teamer back.

Kion Wilson, 26, seemed to be somebody that the Steelers coaching staff was high on, and he was actually able to start for a couple of games this season due to an injury to Larry Foote. However, he played poorly enough that the Steelers wisely decided to bench him for Vince Williams, and so it isn’t surprising at all to hear that the Steelers are replacing Wilson with Sylvester, who looks like the better player. In four games this season, the backup LB and core special-teamer recorded 11 tackles while receiving the most playing time in his, brief, NFL career.

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