Steelers add defensive tackle Roye
The Steelers signed veteran defensive lineman Orpheus Roye to a one-year contract Sunday, and he suited up for the team’s final practice of training camp. Taken by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 1996 draft, Roye spent four seasons in Pittsburgh before leaving for Cleveland.
• Linebackers Keyaron Fox (back) and Mike Humpal (stinger) did not practice Sunday. Tight end Cody Boyd (shoulder), defensive tackle Scott Paxson (stinger) and free safety Ryan Mundy (ankle) also missed the Steelers’ final practice at St. Vincent. Mundy, a Woodland Hills High graduate, did some light running yesterday. Fullback Carey Davis couldn’t finish practice because of stomach flu, coach Mike Tomlin said.
• Cornerback Deshea Townsend played safety for the second consecutive day, but Tomlin said the Steelers just wanted to get the veteran some work at the position.
• Veteran punters Mitch Berger and Paul Ernster are competing to replace Daniel Sepulveda, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. The significance of that for Jeff Reed is whoever wins the punting job will also hold for his field goal and extra point attempts. Reed is working with Berger and Ernster, but he said he probably won’t get enough repetitions with either one of them to feel comfortable with whoever is tabbed to punt for the Steelers this season.
9 — Orpheus Roye’s sack total with the Steelers from 1996-99.
9.5 — Sacks registered by Roye with Cleveland (2000-07).