Steelers Ink OL Batiste, Put Rookie Embernate On Waived/Injured List

D’Anthony Batiste

The Steelers have added hopeful depth on the offensive line, as today the team signed journeyman linemen D’Anthony Batiste to a contract.

The team waived rookie guard Nik Embernate, who a few days back tore his ACL and MCL.

There was some chatter that Embernate, from San Diego State, would be a solid candidate for this seasons Steelers practice squad.

As for Batiste, he comes to the team after a pretty awful season in Arizona.

He’s been a part of just about every avenue of pro football, playing for the Bossier-Shreveport Battle Wings in the Arena Football League’s developmental league.

He also was going to try and make it with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL in 2006, but was let go before the regular season started.

He finally latched on with the Cowboys in 2006 as a UFA, and has also spent some time with the Panthers, Falcons, Redskins, Broncos and last season with the Cards.

With has played in 37 career games, making 14 starts.

The move clearly is for depth on the line, and while he didn’t play well last season, the team must have seen enough in the workouts for them to make a deal to ink him.

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