Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski has a sizable hamstring tear, according to a source, complicating the team's quarterback depth chart.
Gradkowski, who is entering his 10th NFL season, suffered the injury in the preseason opener against the Detroit Lions.
The Steelers could place Gradkowski, 33, on injured reserve for the second straight year or wait out the injury. Gradkowski missed all of 2015 with shoulder and hand/finger injuries. This offseason, he re-signed with the team on a one-year deal.
The Steelers announced this evening that they have signed Vick and placed Bruce Gradkowski, who had been slated as the backup quarterback, on injured reserve.
The 35-year-old Vick is a far cry from the star he once was, and he’s coming off a season in which he was largely disappointing when he played for the Jets. But he was the best veteran quarterback available to the Steelers when Gradkowski got hurt.
If Roethlisberger stays healthy, Vick may never see the field in Pittsburgh. But if Roethlisberger goes down, the Steelers know they have a backup with experience.
Vick struggles to stay healthy himself, especially because of his reckless running style. He's always had a strong arm, and given the talent around him should he see the field, the potential is there for him to put up fantasy numbers in this offense.
Aug 16, 2015 · 3:34 PM EDT
Let's face it, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in trouble if Ben Roethlisberger gets hurt (he's proved he's too durable for that mess).
But having trusted veteran Bruce Gradkowski back allows the Steelers front office to exhale. The team activated Gradkowski off the physically unable to perform list on Sunday, meaning the shoulder injury has healed and the 10-year veteran can start practicing today. He should get some run next Sunday at Heinz Field when the Packers come to town for a preseason game.
Third-string quarterback Landry Jones has had a few bright moments in camp, but his 39-of-78 passing performance for 328 yards, one touchdown and one interception through two preseason games won't convince the Steelers they have a full-time backup. Pittsburgh is giving Jones every chance to earn a spot on the team or audition for another team.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger banged his throwing hand against the arm of Saints linebacker Curtis Lofton during Sunday’s loss, and it was clear that, at least for a while, the hand was bothering Ben.
He shook it and flexed it and his index finger wobbled as he tried to make selections from the menu of plays on his left wrist. He handed off for the next five plays, initially using his left hand to deliver the ball to the tailback. But it appears for now that the injury won’t affect Roethlisberger’s ability to play next Sunday at Cincinnati.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Roethlisberger was confident as of Sunday night that he’ll be fine. Also as of Sunday night, it was unclear whether the team would be ordering any testing of the hand.
“I am sure every quarterback has that happen every game,” Roethlisberger said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, of an injury that caused him to react in a way that few quarterbacks ever do during games. “Does it hurt? Yeah. Did it affect my throwing? No.”
The story went on to say that it could end up getting worse over night, so we'll continue to check reports on Big Ben throughout the week. Don't be shocked if Roethlisberger ends up on the injury report this week. Bruce Gradkowski is the Steelers backup QB and if he would have to play it would downgrade the WRs a bit.