The Pittsburgh Steelers announced one roster move on Friday as defensive end Clifton Geathers was placed on injured reserve and defensive lineman Joe Okafor was signed to take his place on the 90-man roster.
Geathers signed with the Steelers late last season after veteran Brett Keisel was lost for the season with a triceps injury. After signing with the team, Geathers didn’t dress in any of the games the remainder of the season, however. There is no word as to what the nature of Geather’s injury is and head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t mention him Friday during his press conference.
With Geathers now being lost, you can probably count on veteran defensive lineman Cam Thomas making the final 53 man roster this year. Additionally, rookie draft pick L.T. Walton now has a much better shot at making the final 53 man roster out of training camp.
Okafor, who played collegiately at Lamar University from 2012-14 and for Oklahoma State in 2011, was named All-Southland Conference honorable mention last season. At his March pro day, he measured in at 6064 and weighed 305 pounds. He did 26 reps on the bench in addition to registering a 5.15 second 40-yard dash time. Last season, Okafor registered 28 total tackles and 6 sacks in the 12 games that he played in. He is wearing No. 61 at Friday’s practice.