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06-18-2012, 11:25 PM
Quips' Lindsey impresses Steelers
By Mike Bires mbires@timesonline.com | Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2012 7:21 pm

PITTSBURGH -- It's early in the process, but Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler likes what he's seen so far from rookie Brandon Lindsey.

“He’s done well,” Butler said. “Of course, he hasn’t hit anybody yet. We’ll see how he does in training camp.”

Lindsey, a former Aliquippa High School star who played college football at Pitt, was signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent in April.

For the most part, Lindsey lined up as the second-team right outside linebacker during OTA's and this week’s minicamp. With starter James Harrison missing most spring workouts with a sore knee, second-year pro Chris Carter got most of the reps with the first-team defense.

The Steelers have 14 linebackers on their roster including Brandon Johnson, a seventh-year pro who was signed Wednesday. Johnson was a backup outside ‘backer with Cincinnati the past four years. Typically, the Steelers’ 53-man roster includes eight linebackers (four inside, four outside).

“Brandon (Lindsey) is doing fine,” defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said. “We think he has some pass-rushing skills. He’ll get a chance to show what he can do once we get to camp.”

As a junior at Pitt when he played defensive end, Lindsey recorded 10 sacks. Last year when he played a hybrid role as a standup defensive end/outside linebacker, he had 8.5.

If Lindsey can't land a spot on the Steelers’ 53-man roster, he'd be an obvious candidate for a spot on the eight-man practice squad.

Galax Steeler
06-19-2012, 04:12 AM
It is good to know that we have alot of depth at the linebacker spot.

Hawaii 5-0
06-28-2012, 01:54 PM
guess he didn't impress the Steelers for very long...

Steelers add Baker, release Lindsey

June 28, 2012

The Steelers added linebacker Ryan Baker to the team’s active roster, the team announced today.

Baker previously spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He signed with the Buccaneers as an undrafted rookie free agent from LSU on April 30, 2012. He was a second-team All-SEC selection by the coaches in 2011.

To make room for Baker, the Steelers released linebacker Brandon Lindsey. Lindsey signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent from the University of Pittsburgh on April 28, 2012.


Buddha Bus
06-28-2012, 02:31 PM
guess he didn't impress the Steelers for very long...

That's OK, Ryan Baker should put us over the top for number 7. :chuckle:

06-28-2012, 03:43 PM
"here today, gone tomorrow"...

Hawaii 5-0
06-28-2012, 06:03 PM
Steelers Sign OLB Ryan Baker, Release LB Brandon Lindsey

by Neal Coolong on Jun 28, 2012

We speculated what seems to be just moments ago (ahem) the possibility of the Steelers' recent run on outside linebackers - signing of Brandon Johnson, workouts of Markell Carter and Ryan Baker - could mean at least some insecurity as to the health of OLBs James Harrison and Jason Worilds. Or it could possibly be a message to Worilds and Chris Carter, two younger reserves.

If nothing else, it means UDFA Pitt product Brandon Lindsey is no longer on the roster.

The Steelers released Lindsey to make room for Baker, an undrafted free agent out of LSU. In what's likely just training camp fodder, these moves are usually made in response to something. It could be as simple as the coaching staff just getting back to work after some time off between the end of minicamp and today. It could be prognosis from the medical staff about an injury to someone.

What we know is that Johnson is a veteran player, though not too long in the tooth, who can contribute on special teams while making a move from inside to outside linebacker. Outside of that, the undrafted Baker has been available for quite some time now. If he was someone the Steelers were interested in initially, why pick him up now after minicamp is over?


06-28-2012, 07:20 PM
Brandon Lindsey was waived injured. He requires shoulder surgery.

06-28-2012, 08:27 PM
Brandon Lindsey was waived injured. He requires shoulder surgery.

I hate to hear that for a young man trying to start his career.

Hawaii 5-0
06-29-2012, 12:50 AM
Steelers Release Undrafted Local Product Brandon Lindsey

By Sigmund Bloom (NFL Draft Lead Blogger) on June 28, 2012

Between his hometown connection to the Pittsburgh Steelers via the University of Pittsburgh and Aliquippa High School and the Steelers potential need for a developmental outside linebacker, Brandon Lindsey seemed like the perfect candidate to be an undrafted player who sticks with his first team. He was even on the "all-undrafted team" put together by Dan Pompei of the National Football Post.

Now, it looks like he will have to find another team—or at least wait another year—to get his shot. Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Steelers released Lindsey today. The Steelers also signed linebacker Ryan Baker, but the team already had a roster spot open after releasing Troy Smith earlier this month.

Steelers Depot reports that Lindsey might have been waived with a shoulder injury, which could mean that they will stash him on injured reserve as long as he clears waivers. While that could give Lindsey another chance to make his dream of playing for the Steelers come true, this can't be how he pictured his first season in the NFL going only two months in and before his first training camp.

Lindsey had been lining up with the second team while James Harrison and Jason Worilds were recovering from injuries, so the team got a good look at him this spring. Barker, the new addition, is more of a 3-4 inside linebacker than an edge-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker, so 2011 fifth-round pick Chris Carter's roster spot is looking safer with Lindsey out of the picture.