Steelers place just-acquired LT Brown on IR

Updated: October 15, 2013, 11:12 AM ET


By
Scott Brown | ESPN.com


PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are standing pat at left tackle despite an injury that ended Levi Brown‘s season before he played a game for the team.

Brown (triceps) and tight end David Johnson (wrist) were placed on injured reserve Tuesday morning, and the Steelers signed tight end Richard Gordon and cornerback Isaiah Green to take their places on the 53-man roster.

Green was promoted from the practice squad. Gordon, meanwhile, played in 27 games for the Raiders the last two seasons, starting a pair of them and recording three receptions, including one for the touchdown.

The Steelers’ latest roster moves indicate that the Steelers are comfortable with Kelvin Beachum at left tackle moving forward.

They had traded for Brown, the fifth overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft by the Cardinals, to help shore up the left tackle position following the demotion of Mike Adams.

He and Beachum vied to take over for Adams, and the competition ended last Sunday when Brown re-injured his right triceps before the Steelers’ 19-6 victory over the Jets.

Beachum, who had already been slated to start against the Jets, settled down after a shaky start, and the Steelers opted to stick with him at left tackle instead of signing a veteran free agent such as Max Starks.

The Steelers did not give up much to get Brown in the Oct. 3 trade as the Cardinals paid most of what is owed to him this season and received only conditional draft picks in return. Brown missed the 2012 season with a torn right triceps. He re-injured his triceps during pregame warm-ups Sunday.

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