Steelers place veteran backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski on IR

AP

The Steelers knew veteran backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was going to miss significant time with a hamstring tear.

As it turns out, it will be a season-ending injury.

Via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, to make room for waiver claim pickup Zach Mettenberger, the Steelers placed Bruce Gradkowski on injured reserve, where he’s now spent the last two seasons.

The 33-year-old Gradkowski missed last season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Though there was a possibility he might have returned this year from the hamstring injury, the perpetual nature of his recovery made them seek out a more reliable alternative as a third quarterback.

Gradkowski started 20 games in his career, with 11 of them coming as a rookie in 2006 with the Buccaneers. He’s also played with the Browns, Raiders, and Bengals before joining his hometown team.

7 responses to “Steelers place veteran backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski on IR

  1. the little Gradkowski did get to play with the Steelers – he was just awful. at this point in his career – he was little more than a camp arm anyway. never understood what the team saw in him

    i like the mettenberger signing. he showed a few flashes that he could be a decent QB with tennessee – but the rest of the team was just so bad that he never had a chance. even for a #3 QB – i’m interested to see what he could do with some actual talent around him

    any by the way – does this now give the Steelers the three physically biggest QB’s in the league?

  2. Gradkowski is a home-town guy and appears to be very active in the community, so he has filled that Charlie Batch PR role that the Steelers seem to like. Now that he is on IR the Steelers can wait until after the season to decide what to do with him, but I assume he is done.

    It is seriously time for the Steelers to expend a high round draft pick on a QB prospect that can replace Ben in three years. Landry Jones is clearly not the answer.

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