Steelers lose Josh Mauro to Cardinals

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers lost another player on Friday when the Arizona Cardinals signed rookie defensive end Josh Mauro to their 53-man roster.

Mauro made a strong bid for the Steelers’ 53-man roster during training camp and the preseason, but the undrafted free agent from Stanford was the odd man out when Pittsburgh re-signed veteran defensive end Brett Keisel in late August.

Mauro had been on the Steelers’ practice squad since early September before the Cardinals signed him.

The Steelers re-signed rookie defensive end Ethan Hemer to take Mauro’s spot on the 10-man practice squad.

This season, the Steelers lost fifth-round draft pick Wesley Johnson after they waived the versatile offensive lineman to make room on the 53-man roster for Ross Ventrone.

The Steelers made the roster move because they were thin at safety, and they lost Johnson when the New York Jets signed the rookie to their 53-man roster.