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Steelers give up on Limas Sweed

Hines Ward, Limas Sweed AP

In a move that should surprise no one, the Steelers have parted ways with receiver Limas Sweed.

A second-round pick in the 2008 draft, Sweed was supposed to be the big receiver whom Ben Roethlisberger coveted, to the dismay of Hines Ward.

Sweed was waived earlier today with the “injured” designation.  If he isn’t claimed, he’ll land on the Steelers’ injured reserve list.  Either way, he won’t be playing for the Steelers this year, absent a timely injury settlement, which would allow him to return to the team later in the year.  (It gets complicated.)

Appearing in 20 career regular-season games, Sweed has seven catches for 69 yards.  He had two catches for 20 yards in the 2008 postseason.

The Steelers also waived tight end Eugene Bright from the Physically Unable to Perform list, and they signed defensive backs Macho Harris and Kevin Dockery.

Harris spent 2009 with the Eagles and 2010 with the Redskins.  Dockery has 11 starts and 61 appearances in six NFL seasons.

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57 Responses to “Steelers give up on Limas Sweed”
  1. axespray says: Aug 17, 2011 4:14 PM

    wow, he was still on the roster?!?
    I don’t even think he was on the last madden …
    I figured he was already off the steeler’s roster…
    I mean with Hines/Wallace/Brown/Sanders/etc.

  2. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 17, 2011 4:17 PM

    Honestly i was ubber pissed when Philly passed on sweed and went for Jackson… lol thats egg on my face..

    & its not like you can blame it on the organization, steelers are top notch. the true “GOLD STANDARD”

    Either way.. in two days PFT will have it up ” eagles agree to terms with Sweed.”

  3. southflsteel says: Aug 17, 2011 4:17 PM

    What a HUGE waste this dud was! And no, I don’t mean “dude”, I mean DUD!!!!

  4. Bubby Brister says: Aug 17, 2011 4:17 PM

    I’d say he’d catch on with another team but he’ll probably end up dropping the ball on whatever opportunities await him.

  5. ticalcaldwell says: Aug 17, 2011 4:18 PM

    city not even worth spelling right

  6. jjrs89 says: Aug 17, 2011 4:18 PM

    Even if he is done he got a superbowl ring, a few million bucks, and is only like 24. Sign me up

  7. talkintrashallday says: Aug 17, 2011 4:18 PM

    BUST. Derrius Heyward-Bey is next

  8. suckleague says: Aug 17, 2011 4:18 PM

    Cool as name though.
    And your name is? “Limas freaking Sweed, I won’t say it again”.

  9. lloydcarr1997 says: Aug 17, 2011 4:20 PM

    I remember watching the draft that year and Matt Millen said he had all the tools to be an elite NFL receiver. I should of known then.

  10. romo2witten says: Aug 17, 2011 4:21 PM

    Another University of Texas bust. Why do the Longhorn players who go to the NFL fail so often?

  11. phailing101 says: Aug 17, 2011 4:22 PM

    Bust

  12. 3octaveFart says: Aug 17, 2011 4:23 PM

    Hands of stone. He won’t be missed.

  13. bobwsc says: Aug 17, 2011 4:25 PM

    Macho Harris: great name

  14. daburgher says: Aug 17, 2011 4:25 PM

    I think Sweed will be good someday. It’s a shame he couldn’t quite get there mentally but he has all the physical attributes to be a success in the league… Get your head together man!

  15. steelersmichele says: Aug 17, 2011 4:25 PM

    “Steelers give up on Limas Sweed”

    Hardly. I think they gave him more than enough chances. Other guys just out-performed him.

    Too bad he’ll be remembered as the guy who dropped that perfect touchdown pass against the Ravens a few years back and then faked an injury to cover it up.

  16. lionfan419 says: Aug 17, 2011 4:26 PM

    Jets will sign him just for playbook, like Maybin!!!! Dirty!

  17. typicaleaglesfan says: Aug 17, 2011 4:26 PM

    Ravens should sign him pick his brain and cut him two weeks later

  18. ednacrabapple says: Aug 17, 2011 4:26 PM

    Can the Redskins trade Malcolm Kelly for him?

  19. iamgoodkid says: Aug 17, 2011 4:27 PM

    GRRRRRRRRRRR i told you atlanta and miami in the superbowl, god!!!!!!!

  20. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Aug 17, 2011 4:28 PM

    Sucks for Sweed. This guy probably won’t get another shot.

  21. trbowman says: Aug 17, 2011 4:28 PM

    “I’d say he’d catch on with another team but he’ll probably end up dropping the ball on whatever opportunities await him.”

    I chuckled.

    A lot of WR disappointments that draft. Sweed, Devin Thomas, Malcolm Kelly, Dexter Jackson….Donnie Avery has had health issues, and the light finally seems to be coming on for Jerome Simpson.

  22. waccoforflacco says: Aug 17, 2011 4:31 PM

    Rats….I loved Sweed in the lineup…always drops easy TD passes…we’ll miss you.

  23. We'reFineThere says: Aug 17, 2011 4:34 PM

    College was the greatest 4 years of my life and I wasn’t a University of Texas player. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like to have even less responsibility and even more of what makes college the best.

  24. 3octaveFart says: Aug 17, 2011 4:35 PM

    typicaleaglesfan says: Aug 17, 2011 4:26 PM

    “Ravens should sign him pick his brain and cut him two weeks later”

    Pick his brain about what? How to drop passes?

  25. mwcarolina says: Aug 17, 2011 4:40 PM

    honestly, i was upset when Washington passed on him for Thomas, and i still am. hopefully a team signs Sweed and he fulfills his potential.

  26. lennydpocketqb says: Aug 17, 2011 4:41 PM

    Alas, poor Sweed…we hardly knew ye…

  27. ottomanismydog says: Aug 17, 2011 4:43 PM

    steelers did all they could for this kid… it’s a shame it didn’t work out, he had some talent

  28. 6stairwayto7 says: Aug 17, 2011 4:45 PM

    He isn’t up to our standards. I understand our standards are extremely high but we can’t make excuses for guys like this. We have SBs to win and trophies to hoist. HERE WE STEELERS

  29. melikefootball says: Aug 17, 2011 4:46 PM

    Sweed gave up on himself the first training camp. Know one to blame but himself, Ward went out of his way to help him, another bust from Texas .

  30. greenbleeder says: Aug 17, 2011 4:46 PM

    Too bad everyone passed on DeSean…except the BIRDS!!!

    E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!!!!!!

  31. howmnyplayoffwinsugot says: Aug 17, 2011 4:48 PM

    i remember thinking sweed was the best wr in that draft class, and was upset whent the eagles didnt get him or take Devin Thomas and took D Jax instead. And that is why i comment on these articles with you fools and am not a scout for the NFL…. back to my sorry life

  32. phillyisinvading says: Aug 17, 2011 4:50 PM

    All the more reason to pay Desean Jackson.

  33. mypuppyfarted says: Aug 17, 2011 4:53 PM

    Sweed was a very rare mistake the Steelers made in the draft. They usually have the best draft classes.

  34. cfletcher33 says: Aug 17, 2011 4:54 PM

    He had his chance in camp. Could not stay healty (shoulder and hamstring) and could not hold the ball. I was hoping he would show something. Good kid and I hope he turns it around… just in the NFC. Go Steelers!

  35. joelvis72 says: Aug 17, 2011 4:59 PM

    I thought I’d read that wrong: 9 catches/89 yards total? Wow.

  36. dlew2191 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:00 PM

    John Dockery??? Seriously…it’s Kevin Dockery. I’m not a Giants fan but I know he’s a good safety, so please get his name right.

  37. sterling7 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:05 PM

    I always thought Limas Sweed was a disease of some kind?

  38. norcaleagles says: Aug 17, 2011 5:18 PM

    TRBOWMAN, I remember that draft. Thats when Philly “went out on a limb” and drafted Desean Jackson. Im not trying to brag or say that Philly makes all the right draft choices, but I remember a lot of WRs going in the first 2 rounds of that draft. Looks like Philly made a good choice with Desean. I remember another big-name WR going to the giants that year also and he was just recently cut, I think.

  39. hosslaxx says: Aug 17, 2011 5:20 PM

    whoa!! this is not a shocker, but what is, is that limas sweed, devin thomas, and malcom kelly are some of the biggest wr bust in recent history…..and the skins passed on desean jackson and jordy nelson the only two wr that made a name for themselves from the 08 draft

  40. tv426 says: Aug 17, 2011 5:40 PM

    I thought they got rid of Hands o Stone Sweed years ago.

  41. thefiesty1 says: Aug 17, 2011 6:02 PM

    Too bad for Limas. He was very good at Texas in college but that as we all know doesn’t always carry over to the pros. Being hurt all the time with the Steelers just doesn’t seem to be fair.

  42. nooneyouknow says: Aug 17, 2011 6:09 PM

    Eagles will sign him. Hell, they’ve signed everyone else.

  43. steelcurtainn says: Aug 17, 2011 6:53 PM

    I wanted to see the steelers at least give him a shot during this years preseason. I hated the fact that Sweed was always injured. This years shoulders injury I guess did it. This is definitely a wasted pick and a huge disappointment.

  44. hailvictory10 says: Aug 17, 2011 6:59 PM

    I like Sweed

    Come to DC my man

    Come to a winner!

    Since we blasted PITT last week

    HAIL

  45. ghostrider45 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:10 PM

    Lol lameass sawed knew this guy had bust written all over him.

  46. ravenspit says: Aug 17, 2011 7:14 PM

    Sweed should be greatfull now that he doesn’t have to play in front of all those front running, moronic-don’t know how to type a full sentence fans. Right 6stairs or whatever your troll name is this week- HERE WE STEELERS?

  47. laxer37 says: Aug 17, 2011 7:30 PM

    The Steelers don’t miss on draft picks often, but they sure did here.

    Amazing how a guy dominates major college football but can’t play a lick at the next level. Crazy.

  48. 3octaveFart says: Aug 17, 2011 8:03 PM

    hailvictory10 says: Aug 17, 2011 6:59 PM

    “I like Sweed
    Come to DC my man
    Come to a winner!
    Since we blasted PITT last week”

    Enjoy your Pre-Season Super Bowl Title.
    / moron…

  49. tlp5002 says: Aug 17, 2011 8:12 PM

    And to think.. the Steelers could’ve had any of the following rather than Sweed:

    Ray Rice
    Jamaal Charles
    Jermichael Finley
    Mario Manningham

  50. lottsmissingfinger says: Aug 17, 2011 8:31 PM

    norcaleagles,

    No receivers were drafted in the first round that year though several went in the second (in pick order):
    Donnie Avery
    Devin Thomas
    Jordy Nelson
    James Hardy
    Eddie Royal
    Jerome Simpson
    DeSean Jackson
    Malcolm Kelly
    Limas Sweed
    Dexter Jackson

    Ugh. Pretty much a complete loss at the position. Even worse, one of the players taken after Sweed but before Jackson?
    Ray Rice

  51. 8man says: Aug 17, 2011 8:31 PM

    It’s all one big crap shoot.

  52. bensstinkyfingers says: Aug 17, 2011 8:52 PM

    Guess Limas should’ve got busted for DUI, beat up his woman, or assaulted a drunk co-ed in a bathroom stall. Those are the type of quality individuals that organization covets. Stay Classy Pissburgh!

  53. matthewmtg45 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:07 PM

    Ravenspit:

    I find it amusing that you attempt to bash a steeler fan for not being able to type full sentences, yet you typed “greatfull” as opposed to “grateful”.

    Clearly, just another bitter non-steeler fan who would love to have the rings we have.

    Embrace your one ring bud.

    (smirk)

  54. matthewmtg45 says: Aug 17, 2011 9:12 PM

    bensstinkyfingers:

    I suppose if Pittsburgh was as successful as the Browns/Bengals, etc…..we wouldn’t keep hearing bitterness from fools like you who clearly are disgruntled by our overall franchise’s successes.

    (holdin’ up six fingers).

    -Peace.

  55. bird34 says: Aug 18, 2011 4:16 AM

    Lima Bean…..

  56. bird34 says: Aug 18, 2011 4:20 AM

    Lima Bean……

  57. bird34 says: Aug 18, 2011 10:49 AM

    Lima Bean…….

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