Signed from Giants practice squad, OLB Tuzar Skipper returns to Steelers |

Signed from Giants practice squad, OLB Tuzar Skipper returns to Steelers

Joe Rutter
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers linebacker Tuzar Skipper sacks Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Griffin in the fourth quarter of an Aug. 9 preseason game.

It took 11 weeks into the NFL season for the Pittsburgh Steelers to bring linebacker Tuzar Skipper back to their 53-man roster.

Skipper, who was lost on a waiver claim to the New York Giants after the first week of games, returned to the Steelers on Tuesday when defensive end L.T. Walton was placed on injured reserve with a meniscus tear in his knee. Skipper was signed from the Giants practice squad and must spend three weeks on the Steelers’ active roster.

A rookie outside linebacker from Toledo, Skipper was signed out of a tryout camp after the NFL Draft. He was a training camp and preseason phenom, recording five sacks and two forced fumbles in the exhibition games.

The Steelers placed Skipper on waivers Sept. 7 when they promoted wide receiver Johnny Holton from the practice squad for the season opener at New England. Two days later, the Giants placed a waiver claim for Skipper.

Skipper totaled three tackles and a half sack in six games for the Giants before he was waived and signed to their practice squad on Oct. 23.

Skipper will provide a healthy alternative at outside linebacker. Anthony Chickillo was inactive against Cleveland with a rib injury and Ola Adeniyi left early in the first quarter with a concussion.

Walton was signed earlier in the season after defensive end Stephon Tuitt was placed on injured reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. Walton was not active for any games.

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Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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