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Steelers place Justin King on injured reserve

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Another day, another injury problem for the Steelers.  While this one involves a more serious outcome than Wednesday’s news of “minor” knee surgery for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, it involves a player of significantly lower profile.

The Steelers have announced that cornerback Justin King has been placed on injured reserve.  His roster spot has been filled by undrafted rookie cornerback Nigel Malone, who played college football at Kansas State.

Malone previously was signed by the Colts, who later released him.

King, a Pittsburgh native who played at Penn State before becoming a fourth-round pick of the Rams in 2008, signed a one-year deal with the Steelers in January.  Because he’s a vested veteran, King can be sent straight to IR without first passing through waivers.

The move means the cap-strapped Steelers will carry up to $715,000 on the books for 2013.  If King had stayed healthy and been cut before Week One, his salary and cap charge would have been avoided.

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8 Responses to “Steelers place Justin King on injured reserve”
  1. bmoritz2003 says: Jun 6, 2013 9:46 AM

    Sucks for him. Was hoping maybe he could show something on special teams and earn a roster spot. This might be the end of the line for his playing career.

  2. steelbydesign says: Jun 6, 2013 9:52 AM

    The Steelers aren’t as cap strapped as everyone wants to make them out to be. They’ve signed all but their 4th round pick and are still about 2-3 mil under.

    This isn’t a story.

  3. canjura says: Jun 6, 2013 11:10 AM

    Justin King is fast. All he really showed was he was a marginal slot corner while on the Rams. I always liked the guy, but if he couldn’t cut it on an awful Colts secondary last season, I doubt he’ll ever make a true impact, if he even gets another job again.

  4. richheddleson says: Jun 6, 2013 12:26 PM

    King doesn’t count against the cap in the preseason (Rule of 51). He can be cut from IR before the season starts, if he heals or the injury is not serious, and count nothing against the cap.

  5. rantsravens says: Jun 6, 2013 1:28 PM

    Aw, that’s too bad, I really hate it when bad things happen to the Stillers’ organization. Almost as much as I hate money, bourbon, and fine cigars.

  6. steel420 says: Jun 6, 2013 2:43 PM

    richheddleson says:
    Jun 6, 2013 12:26 PM
    King doesn’t count against the cap in the preseason (Rule of 51). He can be cut from IR before the season starts, if he heals or the injury is not serious, and count nothing against the cap.

    >>>I was going to say the same thing.

  7. scoobies05 says: Jun 6, 2013 2:54 PM

    hey jb…did the steelers sign king to cover up their inability to draft? or do all teams sign free agents to fill in needs.

  8. hines86for6 says: Jun 6, 2013 5:08 PM

    @rantsraven

    keep it classy, brah.

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