Source: DE Carrington to visit Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers could move quickly to sign a defensive end after losing Al Woods and Ziggy Hood in the last two days.

A source confirmed to ESPN.com an earlier NFL Network report that free agent defensive end Alex Carrington will visit the Steelers on Thursday night.

Carrington, who turns 27 in June, has upside and could come at a reasonable price since he is coming off a season in which he missed the final 13 games because of a torn quadriceps.

If the 6-5, 307-pounder checks out physically, the Steelers could try to sign Carrington before he leaves Pittsburgh.

Carrington, a third-round pick of the Bills in 2010, is probably the best free-agent option for the Steelers as far as defensive ends, and they need sheer bodies at the position.

There are just three defensive ends on the roster, and only Cameron Heyward has any significant NFL experience.

Hood, the Steelers' first-round pick in 2009, signed Thursday morning with the Jaguars and Woods signed with the Titans on Wednesday night.

The Steelers could bring back Brett Keisel for one more season as the 12th-year veteran has no intention of retiring and would love to play his entire career in Pittsburgh.