The Pittsburgh Steelers signed a couple of familiar names Tuesday in advance of their game Sunday at the Browns.
One is very familiar. Veteran wide receiver and former Steeler Plaxico Burress returns to Pittsburgh, where he spent the first five (2000-04) seasons of a career that saw him catch the winning touchdown pass in the Super Bowl with the Giants, then come back last season with the Jets after serving time in jail on a firearm charge.
The other name is quarterback Brian Hoyer, a Cleveland native and St. Ignatius grad who’s been out of the league this season after being cut by the Patriots at the end of the preseason. He’s needed because the Steelers are down to third-string quarterback Charlie Batch following injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich.
The Steelers are 6-4 after last week’s loss to the Ravens and play at Baltimore again on Dec. 2. We probably don’t need to remind anyone of the recent history between the Browns and Steelers.
At 2-8, the Browns could salvage something for their fans to feel good about if they can post a win Sunday and hurt the Steelers’ chances at making the playoffs.