Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who banned all table games from the locker room last week, has issued another ban on his players: No more celebratory flips into the end zone.
Tomlin said Tuesday he has told the players to stop celebrating touchdowns the way wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders did Sunday against the New York Jets -- doing a front flip across the goal line and landing on his back.
It was the second time this season a Steelers player has performed a flip on a touchdown. Rookie running back Le'Veon Bell did that when he scored his first NFL touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings in London.
"The potential for injury," Tomlin said, when asked why he banned the celebration. "It's silly."
At his weekly news conference, Tomlin also said inside linebacker Sean Spence, the Steelers' third-round draft choice in 2012, will come off the physically-unable-to-perform list and begin practicing today. Spence has not played since sustaining a serious knee injury in the 2012 preseason,
The Steelers will have three weeks before deciding if they want to put Spence on the 53-man roster or place him on injured reserve. Tomlin said it is possible Spence could play this season.
"We'll get him on the field first before we make any plans about moving forward," Tomlin said.
Earlier in the day, the Steelers placed offensive tackle Levi Brown, acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals 10 days ago, on injured reserve, along with tight end David Johnson, ending their seasons.
To fill the roster spots, the Steelers signed free-agent tight end Richard Gordon, who spent two seasons with the Oakland Raiders, and promoted cornerback Isaiah Green from the practice squad.
Brown suffered a torn triceps tendon injury in pregame warm-ups before the Steelers' game Sunday against the New York Jets and never played in a 19-6 victory.
Johnson injured his wrist in the first quarter and never returned.
Tomlin said the Steelers did not sign a tackle to replace Brown because "the emphasis was on helping us this weekend."
Tomlin said defensive end Brett Keisel (muscle strain) and outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (inflamed right knee) might be limited in practice this week but should play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Tomlin also said rookie receiver Markus Wheaton (hand) has been ruled out and will miss his second game in a row.
Gerry Dulac: firstname.lastname@example.org. First Published October 14, 2013 8:48 PM