Steelers waive wide receiver Limas Sweed


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The once-promising-but-confounding career of wide receiver Limas Sweed came to an end with the Steelers today when the team waived him injured.

A No. 2 draft choice in 2008 who had the size and speed to be a potential star, Sweed was waived to make room on the roster for a pair of experienced defensive backs who were signed to add depth -- cornerback Kevin Dockery, a six-year NFL veteran who played last season with the St. Louis Rams; and safety/cornerback Macho Harris, a third-year player who was with the Washington Redskins in 2010.

Also, the Steelers waived tight end Eugene Bright from their physically unable to perform list to make room for Dockery and Harris.

Sweed had been bothered by a sprained shoulder and did not play in last week's preseason opener against the Redskins. At 6 feet 4 and 220 pounds, he had the physical potential to be an impact player in the league, but his career was marked by dropped passes and off-the-field personal issues.

Sweed caught only seven passes for 69 yards in two seasons with the Steelers. He did not play last season because of an Achilles injury.

The Steelers have had a host of injuries at cornerback and four of them won't play against the Eagles -- Ike Taylor, Bryant McFadden, Crezdon Butler and rookie Cortez Allen.


Gerry Dulac: gdulac@post-gazette.com .


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