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Steelers place Fernando Velasco on injured reserve

Fernando Velasco AP

The Steelers have lost a key offensive line starter to a season-ending injury.

The team announced Saturday it had placed center Fernando Velasco on injured reserve with an Achilles tendon injury. He had stepped into the starting lineup after Maurkice Pouncey suffered ACL and MCL tears in the Steelers’ season-opening loss to Tennessee.

Velasco, 28, suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s loss at Baltimore. He was replaced by Cody Wallace, who finished out the game. Wallace is listed as the Steelers’ top reserve center.

In related transactions Saturday, the Steelers signed offensive lineman Eric Olsen and offensive tackle Rashad Butler. The club also released cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke.

Olsen was a reserve center and guard for New Orleans in 2012, while Butler appeared in nine games this season as a reserve with Cleveland.

The Steelers’ offensive tackle depth is in question entering Week 14 after Kelvin Beachum and Mike Adams were injured at Baltimore. Butler, who has appeared in 51 regular-season games, would likely figure as a reserve with Pittsburgh, while Olsen could back up both interior-line positions.

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21 Responses to “Steelers place Fernando Velasco on injured reserve”
  1. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 30, 2013 4:52 PM

    Anybody think anything weird caused his injury?

  2. thepftpoet says: Nov 30, 2013 4:58 PM

    The Steelers 0-4 run continues…

    Jealous of 6 rings?

    …aaaaand we march

  3. scoobies05 says: Nov 30, 2013 5:02 PM

    thats too bad. he seemed to solidify the line after pouncey got hurt. im looking forward to ravens/steelers 3 in the afc championship with the ravens going to their 2nd straight superbowl. it could happen. who’s with me?

  4. blackngold4life says: Nov 30, 2013 5:11 PM

    JINXD

  5. wwwmattcom says: Nov 30, 2013 5:11 PM

    When is the Tomlin fine coming?

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Nov 30, 2013 5:13 PM

    scoobies05 says:
    Nov 30, 2013 5:02 PM
    thats too bad. he seemed to solidify the line after pouncey got hurt. im looking forward to ravens/steelers 3 in the afc championship with the ravens going to their 2nd straight superbowl. it could happen. who’s with me?

    0 0
    Report comment. Steelers won’t make it Scoobs but it would have been nice. The ravens will be going to their second straight SB because Goodell will get them seats in his suite…..pigs will fly first my friend….but hey flying bacon sounds good.

  7. hines86for6 says: Nov 30, 2013 5:17 PM

    Unprecedented o line injuries the last 2 seasons.

  8. jakec4 says: Nov 30, 2013 5:21 PM

    Since Tomlin recorded a tackle the other night maybe he’s ready to put the pads back on. He isn’t much older than most of the Steelers players anyway.

  9. tedmurph says: Nov 30, 2013 5:22 PM

    Next man up?

  10. ravenswhat says: Nov 30, 2013 5:49 PM

    That guy is an awesome singer. Saw him with Julio Iglesias on their broken hearts in Pittsburgh tour.

  11. enoughofthatalready says: Nov 30, 2013 5:59 PM

    Since Tomlin recorded a tackle the other night maybe he’s ready to put the pads back on.

    Wrong….Allen was on Jones’ heels when the Tomlin thing occurred. Would not have been a TD.

  12. enoughofthatalready says: Nov 30, 2013 6:01 PM

    Anybody think anything weird caused his injury?

    Shouldn’t have even happened. Bell scored the TD before that and it was called that way on the field even with that idiotic rule.

  13. getyourownname says: Nov 30, 2013 6:05 PM

    Funny how the Ravens have such OL struggles while Steelers keep plugging in replacements. Granted they aren’t all pros, but they seem to function okay.

    Take note, Harbs. Maybe there’s an OL coaching issue.

  14. z06vision says: Nov 30, 2013 6:22 PM

    Besides Ben, Velasco is really the offensive MVP of the team. This is going to hurt us..

  15. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 30, 2013 6:43 PM

    Next man up. We are legendary. Let’s show it again.

  16. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Nov 30, 2013 6:54 PM

    Velasco played exceptionally well for coming in off the street with exactly zero notice or familiarity with Pittsburgh’s offensive system. The Center makes the line calls, is the quarterback of the OL – and Velasco did a great job, and by all accounts – was deeply respected in the locker room.

    He will certainly be missed – and I hope he makes a full recovery as soon as can be reasonably expected. Much respect.

  17. scoobies05 says: Nov 30, 2013 7:30 PM

    all i said was it could happen. i dont think it will. but if it did, the best part would be the implosion of drrustbelt. it would be so worth it

  18. bornsteel62 says: Nov 30, 2013 8:04 PM

    Banker… if you hadn’t noticed, Ramon Foster has been making the O-line calls

  19. cannonballdookie says: Nov 30, 2013 8:27 PM

    Huge loss, I thought he was just as good as Pouncey playing center. It just seemed like such a microcosm of the Steelers season in that final minute, with them coming up short on two plays, tons of linemen limping off with injuries, then ultimately coming so close just to lose the game. You can laugh at their record all you want and they did play a few lousy games but just like last season, I still feel like a few plays could have changed the tide.

  20. DiscountMescan says: Nov 30, 2013 9:35 PM

    Sux the season ends to the Ravens and then all the injuries. Velasco was playing as well as Pouncey has. I hope he’s signed past this year, clearly they’ll need him.

  21. Deb says: Nov 30, 2013 11:50 PM

    Well, rivalry week just keeps getting better. Pittsburgh drops to the Ravens. The Tide falls in bizarre fashion to Auburn. Now this wonderful gem on the offensive line is gone for the rest of the season.

    Beating head on keyboard. This game can break your heart.

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