Defensive back Madison to re-sign with Steelers
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Perhaps desperate for defensive backs, the Steelers will turn to one of their former cornerbacks and special teams aces to try to prop up a secondary that has been hit by a rash of injuries and perhaps the absence of safety Ryan Clark.
Although he has not yet signed a contract, Anthony Madison is on his way to Pittsburgh to likely rejoin his former teammates in time for their playoff game at Denver on Sunday. He announced today on his web page he will re-sign with the team.
Madison, 30, broke in with the Steelers in 2006 and has been of and on with them ever since.
The Steelers lost two cornerbacks to injuries in Cleveland: Keenan Lewis with a hamstring and rookie Cortez Allen to a separated shoulder.
They will decide soon whether starting free safety Ryan Clark will risk playing in the high altitude Denver, where his sickle cell trait caused a violent reaction in 2007 that required emergency surgery and nearly killed him.
The Steelers placed rookie cornerback Curtis Brown on injured reserve Dec. 23.
The new injuries left them with only three healthy cornerbacks in Cleveland -- starters Ike Taylor and William Gay, and veteran Bryant McFadden. Their other defensive backs include safeties Ryan Mundy and Will Allen.
First Published January 2, 2012 3:25 pm