OLB help on the way for Steelers

Is Shaft reprising his role in the Burgh? A recent roster update on the official site of the Pittsburgh Steelers has James Harrison suiting up with number 92. That might be news to the Baltimore Ravens, who at last check still claimed Harrison as one of theirs.

Whenever the Pittsburgh Steelers have a problem at outside linebacker they turn to Colorado State.

When Bill Cowher needed a new player to turn up the heat on the opposing quarterback he went after CSU sack artist Joey Porter. Fellow Ram and pass rushing terror Clark Haggans would soon join Porter on the Steelers.

The Steelers would call on Haggans to replace Jason Gildon, after losing a biding war with the Washington Redskins for the services of LB Marcus Washington. Unfortunately, Haggans recently broke his fingers, exposing what was already poor depth at the OLB positions.

Haggans' misfortune woke up the front office to the fact that Alonzo Jackson and Nathaniel Adibi were each one freak mishap away from starting.

With that in mind, recently cut LB Adrian Ross visited the Steelers yesterday (Tuesday) and will continue talking today, according to Bengals.com.

Ross was a Dick LeBeau favorite at Cincinnati, playing OLB in the 3-4 alignment. He signed with the Bengals in 1998 as an undrafted free agent with that opportunity in mind.

"That's the reason I chose Cincinnati. I loved what LeBeau did with the Steelers' linebackers like Greg Lloyd and Kevin Greene."

Not only does Ross have the LeBeau connection, but he is also tight with both Porter and Haggans. He's certainly a colorful character who might be a match for Porter's mouth.

Ross would seem miscast in Marvin Lewis' defensive scheme and his $1 million salary for 2004 certainly didn't help matters. There was speculation at one point that the Bengals would cut Ross to make room for the signing of Gildon.

Ross (6-2, 245) suffered a torn knee ligament last season against the St. Louis Rams, but seems to have recovered well from that injury. The Steelers will certainly be interested in the status of his knee.

He has a total of 3 sacks, 143 tackles, 7 passes defended, and 1 interception during 6 NFL seasons.


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