In need of reinforcements for a depleted offense, the Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to bring back Plaxico Burress, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Burress, who played in Pittsburgh for five seasons before signing with the New York Giants as a free agent before the 2005 season, worked out with the Steelers on Tuesday and apparently impressed coach Mike Tomlin.
Schefter first reported Burress' workout with the team on Monday evening, tweeting that the Steelers wouldn't bring him in if they didn't plan on signing him.
“We’re looking at these guys with the potential to sign at least one at each position,” Tomlin told Steelers.com regarding workouts for a group of quarterbacks and wide receivers that included Burress. “We have a myriad of things going on in terms of the health of our own men. The men that we acquire will fortify our depth in terms of us preparing to win this football game.”
The Steelers have been fighting the injury bug all season. They have been without Troy Polamalu and James Harrison for a majority of the season, while shuffling around their running backs depending on who was healthy. More recently, Pittsburgh lost star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to a nasty rib injury and wide receiver Antonio Brown due to a sprained right ankle. Even Roethlisberger's replacement, Byron Leftwich, was felled by injury.
The acquisition of Burress is not the only move that the Steelers are reportedly making. With 37-year-old Charlie Batch set to start against the Cleveland Browns in Week 12, the team is also adding a quarterback, according to various reports.
Can these rag tag group keep the Steelers on track until the starters return?