Haynes placed on Injured Reserve

<b>PITTSBURGH -</b> Forget about Verron Haynes getting a shot to show if he could be a possible feature running back next season. The second-year running back was placed on injured reserve Wednesday and will miss the remainder of the season.

According to the Steelers, Haynes had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday morning to repair torn cartilage in his right knee. Haynes had rushed for 63 yards on 20 carries and caught seven passes for 57 yards. He had also registered four special teams tackles.

Haynes had been seen as a possible feature running back in 2004, but now will have to show in training camp whether he is capable of carrying such a load.

This is the second consecutive year he has seen his season shortened by a leg injury. Last season, Haynes suffered a broken leg that forced him out of action.

To replace Haynes on their roster, the Steelers signed third-year running back Dee Brown, a former Syracuse star and Carolina Panthers draft choice.

The 5-10, 215-pound Brown was selected by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2001 draft, but missed that entire season with an ankle injury.

He rushed for 360 yards and four touchdowns while also catching 17 passes for 86 yards and a score in 2002. But Brown was released by the Panthers Sept. 1 and has not played this season. He will wear No. 22 for the Steelers.

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