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Old 08-10-2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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Default Steelers Sign Center Alex Stepanovich

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By BOB LABRIOLA
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LATROBE, Pa. – Even though the news about Darnell Stapleton’s knee was pretty good, the time he is expected to miss created something of a numbers crunch along the offensive line at this stage of training camp.

With that reality facing them, the Steelers signed veteran center Alex Stepanovich on Monday. To make room on the roster, the team waived defensive end Jordan Reffett. Stepanovich was due to practice with the Steelers for the first time on Monday afternoon and will wear #67.

Stepanovich, 6-foot-4, 296 pounds, came into the NFL after a career at Ohio State as a fourth-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2004. While it often takes rookie offensive lineman time to adjust to the NFL, Stepanovich was thrown right into the mix, and he started all 16 games of his rookie season.

From there, he saw less action with the Cardinals, primarily because of injuries. Stepanovich injured his hand in the Cardinals preseason scrimmage and missed the entire 2005 preseason and the first regular season game. Then he injured a shoulder on Nov. 20 and went on the injured reserve list on Dec. 6.

After his third season in Arizona, the Cardinals opted not to tender him and he became an unrestricted free agent. He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007 and appeared in 12 games with four starts there, and then he played in Atlanta in 2008. The Falcons released him on June 17, 2009.

With Stapleton sidelined and Justin Hartwig still recovering from a broken toe, the Steelers were down to 11 healthy offensive linemen and only two of those – first-year player Doug Legursky and rookie A.Q. Shipley – played center.


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Old 08-10-2009, 11:15 AM   #2
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He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2007 and appeared in 12 games with four starts there
Ack, thanks for reminding me...I was just beginning to repress the nightmares.
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Old 08-10-2009, 11:25 AM   #3
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Stepanovich, 6-foot-4, 296 pounds, came into the NFL after a career at Ohio State as a fourth-round draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2004.
C Alex Stepanovich, will step in and play as a rookie.
Draft Note he scored 45 out of 50 on the Wonderlic, one of the highest scores ever in 2004.

Smart Centers are good. He must have some flaw? A little light?

Does this move Shipley to backup guard position.. whats up with legursky...

62 Hartwig, Justin C 6-4 312 11/21/78 8 Kansas
64 Legursky, Doug C 6-1 315 6/9/86 1 Marshall
61 Shipley, A.Q. C 6-0 298 5/22/86 R Penn State
67 Stepanovich, Alex C 6-4 296 9/25/81 6
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Ack, thanks for reminding me...I was just beginning to repress the nightmares.
Yeah and how did that 2007 season Bengals team do?
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Bengals were 7-9 in 2007 - down from their glory year of 8-8 in 2006.


Stepanovich graduated from Berea High School in Berea, Ohio.

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C Alex Stepanovich, will step in and play as a rookie.
Draft Note he scored 45 out of 50 on the Wonderlic, one of the highest scores ever in 2004.

Smart Centers are good. He must have some flaw? A little light?

Does this move Shipley to backup guard position.. whats up with legursky...

62 Hartwig, Justin C 6-4 312 11/21/78 8 Kansas
64 Legursky, Doug C 6-1 315 6/9/86 1 Marshall
61 Shipley, A.Q. C 6-0 298 5/22/86 R Penn State
67 Stepanovich, Alex C 6-4 296 9/25/81 6

It doesnt move anyone anywhere...Hartwig isnt practicing, Stapleton practiced in his place...now with Stapleton out at least a few weeks. Neither of the 2 centers have any NFL game experience, so they brought in someone who does. Because they do have a preseason game coming up soon, dunno if they'll start this guy but still. Unless something happens, I doubt he even makes the team.
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Camp body and insurance against possible further interior line injuries...no big whoop...
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Camp body and insurance against possible further interior line injuries...no big whoop...
Agreed, if he helps, good thing, its not as if Ben faceplanted a windshield again. Nothing to see here.
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I've never heard of this guy. Is he good?
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Hopefully he can provide some depth this year.
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