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Is 2013 the Last Chance for Linebacker Stevenson Sylvester to Stick with the Pittsburgh Steelers?

June 25th, 2013 at 11:02 PM
By Mark Mihalko

As the days before training camp come to a crawl, fans always have the solace of dissecting different positions and determining who the starters will be. Unlike last year, the majority of the starters for the Pittsburgh Steelers are already earmarked, with the biggest questions being how soon some of the rookies will develop and push for a starting nod.

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However, there will be some interesting battles for back-up positions and some veterans may be on their last breath on the Steelers roster. One such player is linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, who failed to seize his opportunity to start last season in his battle with Larry Foote to replace James Farrior.

Sylvester was never truly healthy in 2012 and that cost him. Earlier this offseason, the Steelers failed to tender the veteran as a restricted free agent; instead, they allowed him to test the market as an unrestricted free agent. After a short period, he re-signed with the Steelers and will compete for a roster spot.

Always a special teams standout, the athletic 6-2, 230-pound linebacker (4.71 40-yard dash) took some reps at outside linebacker during the Steelers OTA sessions. With the Steelers lack of depth on the outside, that position flexibility could come into play when cut-down time is near.

With the Steelers appearing to be in a transition stage, being on the roster bubble may not be a great place in 2013. While no one can predict how injuries could influence these battles during training camp, one thing is certain; Sylvester appears to be down to his last chance to impress.

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