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Steelers auditioning Plaxico Burress, Derrick Williams, Brian Hoyer, Mike Kafka

With multiple injuries hurting the Pittsburgh Steelers' depth at wide receiver and quarterback, the team has brought in four players to try out Tuesday morning with the intention of signing two.

With Jerricho Cotchery and Antonio Brown both dealing with injuries, the team only has three healthy wide receivers on the active roster: Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and David Gilreath. As a result, they're working out Plaxico Burress and Derrick Williams Tuesday for workouts. Burress now 35, spent the first five years of his career before winning a Super Bowl with the New York Giants, going to prison for two years, and eventually ending up on the New York Jets last season. Williams spent three years with the Detroit Lions out of Penn State, catching nine passes, but was waived before last season before spending the offseason and training camp with the Steelers. Pittsburgh also has rookies Toney Clemons and Derek Moye on their practice squad.

As for the quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich's injuries -b oth believed to be somewhat longterm - has forced Charlie Batch into a starting role. To provide depth, they'll look at Brian Hoyer and Mike Kafka, who have backed up Tom Brady and Michael Vick respectively but were cut this season after training camp by their clubs. Neither has started an NFL game, but both have seen NFL action.

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