NFL: Steelers to play on Thanksgiving
PITTSBURGH — A Thanksgiving night visit to Baltimore and a trip to London highlight the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2013 schedule.
The Steelers open the season at home on Sept. 8 against Tennessee, and then play the first of four prime-time games the following week in Cincinnati. Pittsburgh plays the Minnesota Vikings during the NFL’s annual trip to London on Sept. 29 and will get the next week off. The Steelers will host the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens on Oct. 20, and then play in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night, Pittsburgh’s first appearance on Thanksgiving since 1998.
Pittsburgh will play three of its final four games at Heinz Field, starting on Dec. 8 when the Miami Dolphins and former Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace visit. Pittsburgh ends the season at home on Dec. 29 against Cleveland.
Also Thursday, the Steelers announced they signed restricted free agent Steve McLendon to a three-year contract.
McLendon originally made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2009. He has appeared in 37 games over the past three seasons and has three career sacks.
The 27-year-old McLendon is expected to compete for a starting job when training camp opens in July. The Steelers are looking to replace five-time Pro Bowler Casey Hampton, who is a free agent and will almost certainly not be brought back.
Hampton would turn 36 before the season opener.