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Steelers add Joe Long, Justin Cheadle to practice squad

Pittsburgh added depth to its offensive line this week with two new faces.

Cliff Hawkins

The Pittsburgh Steelers recently added offensive linemen Joe Long and Justin Cheadle to the practice squad, according to Bob Labriola.

Long was in training camp this year with the St. Louis Rams but couldn't stay with the team, leading to his release. In college, Long showed promise, winning the 2011 Gene Upshaw Award as the top offensive lineman, albeit in Division II.

Cheadle has already bounced around a bit as a rookie, landing first with the Kansas City Chiefs and then with the Green Bay Packers.

Pittsburgh has been ravaged by injuries once again this season, especially on the offensive line. Before the season even started, first-round pick David DeCastro went down with a knee injury, costing him the first few months of action.

After that, starting left tackle Marcus Gilbert went down and is still out, while rookie right tackle Mike Adams was injured last weekend against the Cleveland Browns.

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