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Steelers add Brian Hoyer, Plaxico Burress

The Steelers cut Baron Batch and Marshall McFadden to make way for Brian Hoyer and Plaxico Burress.

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Steelers create red zone package for Burress

The Pittsburgh Steelers have designed a red zone package for newly-acquired wide receiver Plaxico Burress, according to Ross Tucker.

Burress could be the team's third receiver in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns now that Jerricho Cotchery and Antonio Brown dealing with injuries. He also could be oft-targeted in the red zone after scoring eight touchdowns with the New York Jets a year ago, seven of which came from inside the opponents' 20-yard line. The team will look to Burress to provide a boost up from its 48.57 percent red zone touchdown rate, which ranks 20th in the NFL.

The 11th-year pro out of Michigan State will be reunited with Charlie Batch, who was the Steelers' backup quarterback in 2003, Burress' second-to-last season of his first stint in Pittsburgh. Batch will start on Sunday in place of Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, both of whom suffered rib injuries in the last two weeks.


Baron Batch, Marshall McFadden cut by Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have cut running back Baron Batch and linebacker Marshall McFadden on Tuesday, according to a report by Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest.

The decision to cut Batch and McFadden came as a result of the free agent signings of wide receiver Plaxico Burress and quarterback Brian Hoyer. The team need to create roster space in order to make the additions.

Batch was chosen by the Steelers with the No. 232 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. A product of Texas Tech, Batch appeared in 10 games with the Steelers in 2012, registering 49 yards on 25 rushing attempts in addition to recording four receptions for 31 yards.

McFadden was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Steelers and acted as a member of the team's practice squad. On Nov. 15 he was promoted to the active roster after Chris Carter was placed on injured reserve and recorded one tackle in his lone appearance with the team.


Steelers LBs verbally spar about QB situation

Steelers linebackers verbally sparred, in a friendly manner, Tuesday about quarterback situation.

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