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Steelers place center Velasco on IR with torn Achilles

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Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, 4:57 p.m.
 

The hits keep coming to the Steelers' offensive line.

Center Fernando Velasco tore his Achilles during the final moments of Thursday's 22-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Steelers placed him on injured reserve, ending his season.

The Steelers signed Eric Olsen — a sixth-round draft pick of New Orleans in 2010 — but likely will turn to Cody Wallace to replace Velasco when the Steelers play Miami on Dec. 8.

Velasco played every snap since being signed Sept. 9 after Maurkice Pouncey was lost for the year with a torn ACL. Velasco helped solidify an offensive line that didn't allow a sack in back-to-back games against Cleveland and Baltimore.

The Steelers also released cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke to sign tackle Rashad Butler.

Butler played in nine games this season with the Browns.

— Mark Kaboly

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