The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they have placed OT Kelvin Beachum on injured reserve after suffering a torn ACL in yesterday’s win over the Arizona Cardinals. They have signed veteran offensive tackle Byron Stingily in his place.
Beachum, in the final year of his rookie contract, is unlikely to be ready in time for the 2016 season, wherever he winds up. There’s a good chance he starts the year on the PUP list. Beachum becomes the 13th Steeler currently on injured reserve.
Stingily played with the Tennessee Titans from 2011 to 2014 with obvious familiarity to former Titans’ head coach Mike Munchak. He made nine career starts there. He is expected to become the backup tackle behind Marcus Gilbert and Alejandro Villanueva.
In 2014, Stingily set career highs with 10 games played and five starts with the Titans. He started four times at right tackle and once as an extra tight end. In 2013, he played in five games and for the second consecutive year started at right tackle in the final two games.
Cameron Stingily, Byron’s younger brother, was with the Steelers earlier in the preseason until he suffered a knee injury.