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Steelers claim John Parker Wilson off waivers

John Parker  Wilson

Atlanta Falcons quarterback John Parker Wilson (4) works against the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


The Steelers started the day with one quarterback under contract.

They’ll end it with two. The NFL has announced that the Steelers have been awarded quarterback John Parker Wilson off of waivers from the Jaguars. The Steelers were the only team to put in a claim for Wilson’s services.

Wilson spent a couple of days on the Jaguars’ active roster last season, but the majority of his year was spent on the practice squad. That was also the case in the previous three seasons when Wilson was a member of the Falcons.

Seeing as how Wilson has never played in a regular season game, it’s a good bet that the Steelers are just taking advantage of the roster spot to take a look at a quarterback who might be an arm for them to use during offseason work. Wilson might last with the team until camp or he might be bounced from the roster long before the start of summer.

Either way, he’ll be able to tell his grandkids that he once backed up Ben Roethlisberger. Charlie Batch could tell him how rewarding it is to do that.