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New Steelers DE Clifton Geathers Takes On Offensive Line In His First Practice

New Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Clifton Geathers made quite an impression Wednesday in his first practice with his new team.

According to Scott Brown of, Geathers, who was signed Monday to fill the roster spot vacated when veteran defensive end Brett Keisel was placed on injured reserve, took on three Steelers offensive linemen Wednesday and it included several punches being thrown.

Guard Ramon Foster didn’t seem to be too happy with the actions of his newest teammate.

”He was probably working his butt off in his mind, but my story is that we just played (90) snaps last game. There is no sense in going that hard in practice,” Foster said, according to Brown. “I saw him push one of our guys to the ground and I lost it.”

With Keisel now out for the season, rookie Stephon Tuitt is expected to make his first career start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. As for Geathers, who has already played some this season with the Washington Redskins, head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he could see time Sunday depending on how quickly he picks things up and whether or not nose tackle Steve McLendon is able to play.

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