Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers brought back wide receiver Plaxico Burress and signed former New England Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, seeking to bolster two positions depleted by injury.
Burress, 35, played for Pittsburgh from 2000 to 2004 and rejoins the Steelers after injuries to receivers Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery.
Burress hasn’t played in the National Football League since being let go by the New York Jets after the 2011 season. He returned to the NFL last season following a two-year absence, including 20 months spent in jail on a weapons charge after shooting himself in the leg while a member of the New York Giants. He had 45 catches for 612 yards and eight touchdowns for the Jets.
The Steelers also gave a one-year contract to Hoyer with starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out with shoulder and rib injuries, and backup Byron Leftwich sidelined with fractured ribs. Charlie Batch, 37, will start this week against the Cleveland Browns.
Hoyer, 27, spent the past three seasons with the Patriots after being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State, which also produced Burress. Hoyer appeared in 13 games for New England, completing 27-of-43 passes for 286 yards with one touchdown and an interception, before being released prior to this season.
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