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By Scott Brown
Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008

The Steelers addressed their lack of depth along the defensive line Saturday by signing Scott Paxson from their practice squad.

They released rookie linebacker Patrick Bailey to make room on the 53-man roster for Paxson.

The 6-foot-4, 292-pound Paxson almost certainly will play in his first NFL game Sunday since the Steelers are so thin up front.

Nose tackle Casey Hampton (groin) and defensive end Brett Keisel (calf) are out for the 8:15 p.m. contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Paxson's promotion all but rules out defensive end Nick Eason this week as well. Eason didn't practice all week because of a groin problem.

Even with Paxson, the Steelers will only have five healthy defensive linemen as they try to snap a four-game losing streak against the Jaguars.

Paxson, a Penn State product, had been on the Steelers' practice squad since December of 2006.

Bailey could be re-signed to the Steelers' 53-man roster as early as next week. The undrafted free agent played in the Steelers' previous two games and had been a key contributor on special teams.

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