Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Justin King left practice on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury. A day later, the team has placed King on injured reserve according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
King, who was signed late last season by an ailing Steelers squad looking to add depth to the defensive backfield, has yet to play a down in Pittsburgh. But, because of King’s veteran contract, it appears as though the team will still be on the hook for a minimum of $715,000 of his salary.
The sixth-year corner has played in a combined 38 NFL games, tallying 116 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble.
King’s roster spot will, reportedly, be filled by Nigel Malone, an undrafted rookie out of Kansas State.
Malone, who was a junior college transfer, appeared in all 26 games during his two seasons at Kansas State. During that span, he racked up 112 tackles, nine interceptions, and 19 pass breakups.