Steelers give up on Limas Sweed


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.