Steelers put Limas Sweed on injured reserve

In 1995, cornerback Rod Woodson tore an ACL during Week One.  The Steelers kept a roster spot open for him all year, and he returned — amazingly — for the Super Bowl.

To absolutely no surprise, Limas Sweed is no Rod Woodson.

At a time when the Steelers have 80 men on the roster (and actually more, given that rookie draft picks who have yet to sign their contracts don’t count), the Steelers aren’t inclined to keep Sweed around in the hopes of getting him back at some point during the 2010 season, after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The team has announced that Sweed has been placed on injured reserve.  He was waived/injured Monday, which exposed his contract to the other 31 teams, none of whom were willing to take him.  And so he’ll be unavailable to the Steelers for the entire season.

The Steelers could have placed Sweed on the Physically Unable to Perform list at the start of training camp, and the Steelers could have kept them there until Week Six, at which time the Steelers would have had a three-week window to allow him to practice — and then three weeks to either activate him or put him on I.R.

At this point, it’s unlikely that Sweed, a second-round pick in 2008, ever will play for the Steelers again.  Our guess is that he’ll be traded or released after the season.  It’s also possible that he’ll be released from I.R. during the 2010 season, if/when the team believes he has recovered from the injury.  The decision would then be subject to a grievance, if Sweed contends he has not recovered.

47 responses to “Steelers put Limas Sweed on injured reserve

  1. If they had no hope of him returning to the Steelers they would just cut his ass…
    Sweed is hustlin everyone. He will be OPOY next year watch. Haven’t you seen White Men Can’t Jump?

  2. Keep him on injured reserve ….depending how the other receivers pan out (i.e injuries, off field troubles etc.) …..there may still be a need for his services. Nothing better than having options!

  3. This creates an opening on the Physically Unable To Catch A Football list for the Steelers.

  4. Too bad. The kid never got to realize his potential due to injuries. He could’ve been a good pro.

  5. “Ahhh shit….Steelers are screwed now.”
    when you say screwed do mean chance at winning games since he won’t be able to drop touchdowns?

  6. Maybe Sweed can catch an infection since he can’t catch a pass! BEN IS INNOCENT NEVER CHARGED! DTF IS THE LYING DRUNK SKANK!!!

  7. Limas Sweed still has more Superb Owl Rings then:
    Randy Moss
    T.O.
    Ocho Stinko
    Antonio Rimero

  8. He shouldn’t have tried to pull Rothlisraper off of that fat chick … wouldn’t have ruptured his achilles.

  9. This is another Steelers receiver who’s about to find greater glory with the New York Jets. Mark Sanchez could use a tall guy like this, and I doubt that Braylon Edwards will be back if he doesn’t produce at least a 800 yard season this year. The Steelers are definitely screwed. Guarantee they wouldn’t have given up Santonio Holmes if they knew this would happen. Their only receiver who’s worth mentioning is Hines Ward. He’s old. Ben Roethlisberger is out for 6 weeks, I think he should be out for a season, but that’s besides the point. They are NOT going to be in the playoffs, I’d be impressed if they even beat Cleveland in the standings this year. I always like Pittsburgh growing up, and I have no animosity towards them at all. But they are going to suck major ass this year. If Polamalu can stay healthy they may come close to .500 just because that defense will keep offenses under 20 points. That’ll mean that Big Ben has to come out and win at least 5-6 games though. I don’t know if Byron Leftwich will get it done (and I always have been a fan of Leftwich as well).

  10. Sweed sucked as a receiver anyways,Steelers got lucky on this one…easy out.

  11. @crabcake – you are a funny guy. I’ll take an educated guess and say you are from Baltimore. You know, the city with the team that recently signed a player convicted of killing a pedestrian. I wonder if the pedestrian yelled “NO, STOP!” “NO STOP!” As Mr. Stallworth’s car was about to end the pedestrian’s life? No doubt Mr’ Roethlisberger is a moron and at minimum treats women like crap, especially when he is drunk, but so far he has not killed anyone while drinking (at least not so far as we know). And Mr. Roethlisberger has earned the hazing and comments he has received on this site and will be getting throughout he season. However, your comment no more belongs on a post about Limas Sweed than mine does.
    Also, kudos to Mr. Stallworth for owning up to his ‘mistake,’ and to the Ravens for giving him a chance to play in the NFL again.

  12. @Crabcake
    You’re right
    Mr Bright said, “The police officer asked ‘Did he rape you?’ And her response was ‘No.’
    Exactly right. She said no I was not raped. hahahahahahahahahahahahahaa

  13. Man 1995 was good.
    The Steelers LOST that Super Bowl, Al Davis started his string of paying crazy money to crappy players just because they won the SB MVP, Neil O’Donnell continued the Jets’ run of awfulness, and the Kordell Stewart era of the Steelers franchise was just dawning.
    The only part that sucked in all of that was that the Cowboys won the Super Bowl.

  14. Sweed is a good kid. Didn’t get on the field much his rookie year and now has been hit with the injury bug.

  15. @phgsteve
    I am a funny woman who is not in favor of crimeS against women.
    At least Mr Stallworth accepted responsibility for his action (notice action) and has been an upstanding citizen. stupid ben, not so much responsibilty for his actionSSS.

  16. The kid will never play ball again. Be slinging shit sandwiches at Primanti Bros to keep the Caddy full of gas.

  17. They aren’t cutting him? Where does Florio get this stuff from? Sweed looked to be finally turning the corner in his young career so it makes no sense not to bring him back for next year.

  18. The Steelers and Bruce Arians completely mishandled Limas Sweed. Every time he dropped a ball, and he did drop a few important ones, they never came back to him. The let it all work on his head and fester. He did show that he could get open……very open deep, and he shouldn’t have been given up on. I can remember Plaxico Burress dropping a lot of balls early on. The difference was they were smart enough to keep going back to Burress. If a guy can get open deep, he has to be accounted for, whether he has great hands or not. See Braylon Edwards.

  19. Tony Snow, what are you talking about? If he’s put on injured reserve, then he’s NOT allowed to return later on if the season, even if other players get hurt or get in off the field trouble.

  20. “Wonder what people r gonna say once Pittsburgh wins the division :-o”
    you forgot to ad this at the end of your comment steeler560 ……



    Steelers are not gonna win that divison buddy.Mark it!

  21. i believe on IR he could heal and then potentially be traded. the new team could put him on the roster, and it won’t cost any extra money

  22. Wow, I can see the mouth-breathing, short bus riding Steeler haters are in full effect. Most of you probably can’t even function in society. You see Steeler story its automatically “she said no!” or “Ben’s a rapist!” THIS IS A STORY ABOUT LIMAS SWEED YOU IDIOTS. Your not being funny or clever. I pray you run into problems with the law so I can laugh at all of you.
    I think Sweed should come back for 1 more shot next year, provided he returns ok physically.
    Florio you need to start deleting posts or banning users who chime in about things a story has NOTHING to do about, i’ll work for cheap.

  23. “SixburghDynasty says:
    May 12, 2010 6:24 AM
    Wow, I can see the mouth-breathing, short bus riding Steeler haters are in full effect. Most of you probably can’t even function in society. You see Steeler story its automatically “she said no!” or “Ben’s a rapist!” THIS IS A STORY ABOUT LIMAS SWEED YOU IDIOTS. Your not being funny or clever. I pray you run into problems with the law so I can laugh at all of you.”
    I will give you a million dollars if you can honestly say you have never gone into a Patriots thread and used the term Belicheat, Cheatriots, or * no matter what the article was about.
    Karma’s a bitch isn’t it?

  24. TFBuckFutter says:
    May 12, 2010 7:19 AM
    “SixburghDynasty says:
    May 12, 2010 6:24 AM
    Wow, I can see the mouth-breathing, short bus riding Steeler haters are in full effect. Most of you probably can’t even function in society. You see Steeler story its automatically “she said no!” or “Ben’s a rapist!” THIS IS A STORY ABOUT LIMAS SWEED YOU IDIOTS. Your not being funny or clever. I pray you run into problems with the law so I can laugh at all of you.”
    I will give you a million dollars if you can honestly say you have never gone into a Patriots thread and used the term Belicheat, Cheatriots, or * no matter what the article was about.
    Karma’s a bitch isn’t it?
    ———————————————
    well I never have, and I think you’re a f-cking idiot. every team’s got their demons, and you taking shots in here and defending it by saying that steeler posters take shots at the Pats on their threads shows you just don’t know the meaning of the word irony.

  25. @ hamburglar says “At least he hasn’t raped anyone. That makes him better than most Steelers players.”
    Which Steelers players have been convicted, indicted, or charged with rape?
    Of course, hamburglar could make the same comment about most any NFL team – “At least he hasn’t _______________ (put your choice of criminal action here) anyone. That makes him better than most _________________(place your choice of NFL team here) players.
    ________________________________
    @I HATE mike florio says “Hey Crabcake, that’s what your mom said too but your still here. DH”
    Not only inane, but totally inappropriate.

  26. I feel bad for the kid. Sad story overall with his reported mental issues and now this. He seems like a nice kid. I wish him the best in his recovery.

  27. Crabcake, When I posted that, your replie to pghsteve was not up. I would not have posted that if I know you were a lady. Please accept my apology.

  28. Apology accepted. Any female who has been a victim of “sexual inappropriateness” has absolutely no tolerance for this. Hopefully, you can keep your daughters and sons safe!

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