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Steelers elevate Chad Spann to active roster

With running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) on the shelf for the rest of the season, the Steelers had only three running backs on the active roster.

They now have four, due to the elevation of Chad Spann from the practice squad.

The Steelers created the roster spot by placing rookie linebacker Chris Carter on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.  The move likely confirms that the Steelers won’t be signing a veteran running back for Sunday’s game against the Broncos.

Tiki Barber remains flabbergasted.

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22 Responses to “Steelers elevate Chad Spann to active roster”
  1. dmartin17 says: Jan 4, 2012 11:22 AM

    Tiki continues to regret shooting his way out of town.

  2. bigbeefyd says: Jan 4, 2012 11:24 AM

    “Tiki Barber remains flabbergasted.”


  3. steelerfanjo says: Jan 4, 2012 11:26 AM

    Where is Willie Parker? Who is Chad Spann? Sounds like a soap opera character. Larry Johnson, Chester Taylor,…. there had to be a better option.

  4. test2402 says: Jan 4, 2012 11:30 AM

    Doesnt matter. Tim Tebow matters.

  5. watchthethrone92 says: Jan 4, 2012 12:09 PM

    People forget that John Clay is a beast and was a heisman candidate for the badgers until the mcl injury.

  6. jobotjones says: Jan 4, 2012 12:11 PM

    Im pretty sure Parker plays in the UFL, I wouldnt have minded seeing him return either.

  7. heyzeus143 says: Jan 4, 2012 12:23 PM

    knowing the NFL chad spann will most likely run for 200+ yards in the super bowl, 2 tds, and 10 receptions, win MVP then fade into obscurity – Timmy smith style

  8. cbass59 says: Jan 4, 2012 12:28 PM

    You traded Jay Buehner for what???

    As long as Chad doesn’t dance around like Mendenhall, I’m happy.

  9. tremere98 says: Jan 4, 2012 12:36 PM

    Willie Parker would have been called up, but he was injured at the time. 😉

  10. mostlombardisintheleague says: Jan 4, 2012 12:37 PM

    Jerome Bettis may have half a dozen carries left in the tank. Polamalu was a running back in high school. Too bad Graham from PITT is injured.

    Let’s keep faith in Redman and Clay (and hope Moore comes back on 3rd downs), but mostly in the offensive line to block for the RB’s for a solid ground performance and to protect Ben and give him time to see the field and not get hammered into the turf.

    LeBeau should be able to create layers of confusion for Tebow or Quinn. I see at least 2 pics for the D.

  11. niubears says: Jan 4, 2012 12:37 PM

    Spann is an absolute beast. I have faith that he can become a solid backup to make a great 1-2 punch in this league. He will turn some heads in whatever training camp he gets on next year. Make us NIU fans proud Chad.

  12. kosarsmyidol says: Jan 4, 2012 12:40 PM

    I watched some Spann highlights. He looks fast and hard to tackle. As a Browns fan, I know not to underestimate the Steelers’ personnel department.

  13. coltfan1984 says: Jan 4, 2012 12:56 PM

    Chad Spann is a very good RB. He is from Indianapolis and played for the Colts in preseason. He is probably the best RB you have never heard of.

  14. nflofficeadmin says: Jan 4, 2012 1:07 PM

    John Clay? C’mon man.

  15. jpelle82 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:11 PM

    they know what they are doing, i’ll take a guy off the steelers practice squad over some of the starters in the rest of the league

  16. tebowrunspittsburgh says: Jan 4, 2012 1:14 PM

    Jan 4, 2012 1:10 PM
    Open yor heart and find the true meaning of Tebow, For some reason i had always assumed that when Tebow wanted our attention he would do something big to bring us back to him, but i was wrong. Tebow is always speaking. We are the ones hard of hearing. Tebow is always patient, waiting for Pittsburgh to believe. Big Ben is the impatient one demanding to be convinced. The Steelers want something real, something they can touch and see to help them believe. The rocky mountains and skies arent enough. Pittsburgh needs more. And Tebow has it, all around them every day. If Pittsburgh would just take the time to listen to Tebow they would see, they could walk towards Tebow and believe, some of them will, some like me

  17. wtf2812 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:15 PM

    Whatever happened to Dwyer????

  18. Patskrieg dot com says: Jan 4, 2012 1:27 PM

    Spann was super productive at Northern IL (1388 yards 22 TDs). He’s a hard nosed strong runner who got unfairly dumped into the “3rd down back” role because he’s 5-9, and scouts still insist runningbacks all need to be the size of linebackers.

    I could see this working out for Spann the way things worked out for James Starks last year. Best of luck to the guy. I’ve been rooting for him for a while.

  19. wvucolumbus says: Jan 4, 2012 1:42 PM

    Dwyer was placed on IR earlier in the season.

  20. Deb says: Jan 4, 2012 1:47 PM

    I would freakin’ love to know why on-topic football comments are censored but this lunatic rambling about opening your heart to the meaning of Tebow can get the same idiotic comment posted on multiple threads.

  21. Deb says: Jan 4, 2012 1:50 PM

    I hate losing Mendenhall, as much for his sake as for the team’s. But we have the personnel at running back to move forward. Willie Parker is finished in the NFL, and we don’t need to make desperation moves. Spann is a good addition, and like kosarsmyidol, I wouldn’t underestimate the Steelers’ player personnel department–except when it comes to off-season acquisitions of offensive linemen 😉

  22. dickroy says: Jan 4, 2012 3:10 PM

    In case this will be allowed to stay up, I just wanted to say that I think Redman and Clay are good enough to get us there. I have confidence in the Steelers choice to not look outside the organization for a running back.

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