Steelers sign two linemen

<b>PITTSBURGH -</b> Looking to solidify their banged up offensive line, the Steelers turned to one old face and one new one, bringing back Josh Burr and signing veteran Barrett Brooks.<br><br> Burr, a second-year player, was signed to the team's practice squad, while Brooks, an eight-year NFL veteran, was added to the active roster.

In Brooks, the Steelers get a player who owns 62 career starts in the NFL, most of which came with Philadelphia from 1995 - his rookie season - through 1998.

Brooks spent the 1999 and 2000 seasons in Detroit, starting 12 games the first season and four games in his final year with the Lions. He moved on to the Giants last season and appeared in just two games. The 6-4, 325-pound former Kansas State star was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 1995 and is 31 years old.

Burr, who was among the final cuts in training camp, is the third offensive lineman on the team's practice squad, joining Morgan Pears and Jimond Pugh.

The signings were necessitated by the news that tackle Mathias Nkwenti has been placed on IR because of a disc problem in his back and starting left tackle Marvel Smith's ongoing pinched nerve problem.

Safety Russell Stuvaints was released from the practice squad to make room for Burr.

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