The Pittsburgh Steelers could use some help on the defensive side of the ball ahead of the 2015 NFL season, a point emphasised by the 43 points given up versus the Buffalo Bills this past weekend.
And it looked like they were making steps to address the issue yesterday when they brought in defensive tackle, and former first round pick, Phil Brown for a workout.
However, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers have pulled the plug on any deal for the former Cleveland Browns star after their medical staff flagged up worrying injury concerns - concerns that go a long way to explaining why the Browns let him go this week.
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Per the Post-Gazette's Thursday report:
"The Steelers are not interested in signing former Cleveland Browns nose tackle Phil Taylor because he has a bad knee that will require surgery."
As part of Taylor's Tuesday release by the Browns the two sides agreed to an injury settlement, and the Steelers' discovery that "his knee would take too long to heal" suggests that the issue is a bigger concern than many thought.
Moving on from Taylor leaves the Pittsburgh Steelers still searching for depth with just seven days to go until they open the 2015 NFL season. They are seeking a sixth defensive lineman but clearly the ex-Browns star will not be that man.
As for the player himself, coming off one knee surgery and now with speculation of another to come, it remains to be seen who will be willing to take a gamble on the 27-year-old. Before this update it was thought no less than eight teams were interested.
Steelers fans: Are you confident your team has enough depth heading into 2015, and where is your biggest issue? Have your say in the comments below...
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