Fordham goes to the Panthers

<b>PITTSBURGH –</b> The Steelers must be very comfortable with Barrett Brooks as their backup offensive tackle and guard. <br><br> How else can you explain the team's decision to trade veteran Todd Fordham to the Carolina Panthers for a late round draft pick?

Fordham, signed as a free agent last season, started six games at right tackle for the Steelers in 2003, including the first five of the season. His trade leaves the Steelers with only Brooks and rookies Max Starks and Bo Lacy to back up starting tackles Oliver Ross and Marvel Smith.

The 6-5, 319-pound Fordham was also the Steelers' swing lineman on game days, backing up the guard and tackle positions.

But he'll be a starter in Carolina, which has had multiple injuries on its offensive line during the preseason. He'll join former Steelers' starter Rich Tylski, who's also starting for the Panthers.

The Steelers needs to pare their roster by 10 before Sunday's 4 p.m. deadline to reach the NFL's 53-man limit.

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