PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers promoted offensive lineman Jonathan Parquet from their practice squad Wednesday and signed rookie offensive lineman Jason Capizzi for the second time.
The Steelers made the moves after losing starting tackles Marvel Smith and Max Starks to injuries in the last three weeks. Smith needed back surgery and Starks, who had replaced Smith at left tackle, tore the meniscus in a knee during a 27-21 loss Sunday in Baltimore.
Starks and special teams captain Clint Kriewaldt (neck) were placed on the injured reserve list, officially ending their seasons.
Parquet, a seventh-round pick by Kansas City in 2005, spent time with the Rams the last two seasons. Capizzi, an undrafted rookie from Indiana (Pa.) University, was cut by Pittsburgh during training camp. He was on the practice squads of the Buccaneers, Jets and Chiefs during the regular season.
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