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Steelers Place Stephon Tuitt on IR, Sign L.T. Walton



The Steelers placed defensive end Stephon Tuitt on the injured reserve on Tuesday, likely ending the season of the sixth-year player, and signed veteran backup L.T. Walton.

Tuitt was injured in the first half of the Steelers 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday and did not return to the game. Monday, it was reported that Tuitt suffered a torn pectoral muscle that will require surgery.

He could potentially return during or after Week 15 after spending at least eight weeks on the injured reserve, but surgery for a fully torn pectoral muscle can take several months to heal.

Veteran reserve Tyson Alualu replaced Tuitt on Sunday and is expected to the be the starter going forward.

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Walton, 27, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Steelers in 2015 out of Central Michigan and span four seasons with the team. He was not re-signed by the Steelers after the 2018 season and joined the Buffalo Bills, but was cut at the outset of training camp.

The 6-foot-5, 305-pound Walton will join sixth-round rookie Isaiah Buggs as backup defensive ends on the Steelers roster.

In his four-year career, Walton has played in 36 games and made four starts. He has two sacks, four tackles for loss, 22 tackles, four quarterback hits and three passes defended.

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