PRO (0-0/0-0): Signed to the Steelers' Active Roster on January 4, 2012...Signed to the Steelers’ practice squad on December 12, 2011…released from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad on November 7, 2011…signed to the Buccaneers’ practice squad on October 17, 2011…released by the Indianapolis Colts on September 5, 2011…originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Colts on July 29, 2011.The Steelers added depth to their depleted corps of running backs today when they signed rookie Chad Spann from their practice squad.
The Steelers made room on their 53-man roster by placing outside linebacker Chris Carter on injured reserve. Carter has battled hamstring problems throughout much of his rookie season.
The signing of Spann comes a day after the Steelerd put feature back Rashard Mendenhall on injured reserve because of a torn ACL. He gives the Steelers four running backs on their roster, though Mewelde Moore is questionable to play Sunday in Denver because of a knee injury that has sidelined him for the last two games.
Spann played at Northern Illinois and scored a school-record 23 touchdowns his senior season. He had spent time on the practice squads in Indianapolis and Tampa Bay before signing with the Steelers.
2011 (0-0/0-0): Spent time with the Colts and Buccaneers before being signed to the Steelers’ practice squad...1/4: Signed to the Steelers’ active roster to provide depth at the running back position.
COLLEGE: Played in 50 games with 20 starts…majored in English...finished career with 536 rushes for 2,916 yards and 49 touchdowns…set a school record for rushing touchdowns in a single season (22) in 2010, which was also tops in the FBS…added 23 receptions for 198 yards and one touchdown.
PERSONAL: Attended North Central High School (Indianapolis)…first team all-state selection as a senior after earning second team honors his junior year…first team all-area and all-conference choice as a senior and was a second team all-conference selection his junior year….set school records with 1,935 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns while averaging 8.8 yards per carry during his senior season...totaled 1,187 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior and rushed for 400 yards as a sophomore…competed in track and set a school record for the indoor long jump with a mark of 22.8 feet…three-time state qualifier in the long jump and qualified for the outdoor 200m as a senior…son of Wanda Spann-Roddy and George Roddy III…Full name: Chad Spann.