Injuries have left the Steelers without many players to turn to at cornerback, a situation they are trying to remedy by signing a free agent ahead of their massive Week 16 date with the Bengals.
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers have signed cornerback Justin King. King played three games with the Colts this season before getting cut, and he worked out for the Steelers recently. Their need for healthy bodies at the position was big heading into last week’s game with the Cowboys, as Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen were both sidelined. It got worse during the game, thanks to injuries to Cortez Allen and DeMarcus Van Dyke.
The Cowboys had great success throwing at the inexperienced Josh Victorian, who was pressed into action along with Curtis Brown. The Steelers hope to have some of their injured players back this week, but they needed to cover themselves in the event things don’t break their way.
King came into the league as a fourth-round pick of the Rams in 2009 and played 35 games for them over three years, capped by 12 games as a starter last season. King did not play well, but he’s got experience and he isn’t injured. Those are good things in Pittsburgh at the moment.
UPDATE 1:27 p.m. ET: The Steelers officially has announced the addition of King. Van Dyke has been placed on injured reserve.