Steelers bring back veteran long snapper Warren
Steelers long snapper Greg Warren watches from the sideline during a preseason game against the Jaguars on Friday, Aug. 14, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla.
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The player tied for the second-longest tenure with the Steelers will return in 2016.
The team announced a one-year contract with Greg Warren on Friday, giving the veteran long snapper a chance at his 12th season handling the role for the club. Warren, 34, has been the Steelers' long snapper for all but 11 of the 176 regular-season games the team has played since he was signed as an undrafted free agent in April 2005.
Warren has snapped for three AFC championship and two Super Bowl-winning teams, although he missed the Super Bowl XLIII game in 2009 because of a torn ACL suffered during Week 7 that season. Warren had another ACL tear a year later, costing him the final two games.
This is the fourth consecutive offseason Warren was brought back on a one-year contract.
Only quarterback Ben Roethlisberger — the team's first-round pick in 2004 — has been with the Steelers longer than Warren. Tight end Heath Miller, the Steelers' first-round pick in 2005, is tied with Warren for tenure.
Those three and linebacker James Harrison, who spent 2013 with the Cincinnati Bengals, are the lone Steelers remaining from the 2005 Super Bowl champion.
Last season, the Steelers didn't bring in another long snapper to compete with or push Warren during training camp, although it's possible they could sign a player to do so in 2016.
The only game Warren played in for the Steelers that he did not finish, the Steelers gave up a safety to the New York Giants on Oct. 26, 2008. Warren left the game because of a knee injury, and Harrison snapped a ball over punter Mitch Berger's head, tying the game and leading to a Giants win — one of only four losses that season for the eventual Super Bowl champion Steelers.
Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.
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