Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Will Allen visits Pittsburgh Steelers
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- Inside linebacker Stevenson Sylvester may not be the only player the Steelers bring back for a second stint with the team.
Safety Will Allen was at Steelers’ headquarters on Wednesday, and the team could sign the 10th-year veteran if Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith is unable to play Sunday because of a hip flexor.
Cromartie-Smith, a core special-teams player, was limited in practice on Wednesday.
Allen spent the previous three seasons with the Steelers and started seven games in 2012. He signed with the Cowboys last March and opened the season as a starter but lost his job after two games.
The Cowboys released Allen earlier this week.
The Steelers already turned to one former player for help when they worked out Sylvester on Monday and agreed to terms with the fourth-year veteran on Tuesday.
The Steelers had released Sylvester in August when they trimmed their roster to 75 players.
Sylvester sustained a high-ankle sprain while covering a kickoff in the first preseason game, and the early release gave him time to heal. Sylvester stayed in Pittsburgh to work out, and the decision paid off when the Steelers brought him back.
“I expect to have an impact somehow,” Sylvester said following practice on Wednesday, “whether it’s special teams or getting in on defense.”
Sylvester said his time away from football makes him appreciate even more the second chance he is getting with the Steelers.
“Once you’re released from here it’s not like you can just go apply (for work) anywhere because there’s no other jobs like this,” Sylvester said. “The NFL is great and anybody who is able to play in it for a certain amount of time should definitely be thankful.”