Gradkowski was released from the Steelers' injured reserve on Friday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. The 33-year-old suffered a torn hamstring in the preseason and landed on IR before the season started. Landry Jones and Zach Mettenberger remain to back up starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The Steelers have placed Gradkowski on IR. With Gradkowski headed for IR with his hamstring injury, the Steelers claimed Zach Mettenberger off waivers to give the team added QB depth behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones.
Gradkowski, who is dealing with a left hamstring injury, is going to be out for "a number of weeks," per coach Mike Tomlin, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The veteran QB could miss the rest of the preseason and in Gradkowski's absence, Dustin Vaughan figures to see added practice reps behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones.
Gradkowski suffered a torn hamstring during the Steelers' opening preseason game last Friday, ESPN.com reports. Gradkowski missed all of last season due to shoulder and hand injuries, so his hamstring problem only adds to his recent maladies. With Landry Jones cemented as the Steelers' No. 2 quarterback, Pittsburgh is fine behind Ben Roethlisberger, but Gradkowski's injury may open up their third-string job.
Gradkowski left Friday's preseason game against the Lions with a left hamstring injury, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Gradkowski suffered the injury on a scramble, but the severity of the injury is not yet known. This could mean even more injury trouble for the quarterback who missed all of last season after having surgery on his finger. He was re-signed this offseason to compete with Landry Jones for the backup quarterback spot behind Ben Roethlisberger.
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