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Can Gilreath Grab A Roster Spot?

David Gilreath

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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — At least, on this particular Sunday, the Steelers didn’t miss Mike Wallace that much.

Even despite the holdout of their star receiver, Ben Roethlisberger and company had plenty of options on offense in a 26-24 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field. David Gilreath faces the daunting task of fighting for one of those jobs, but he seemed to take a big step toward it Sunday night.

Gilreath starred at Wisconsin under Pitt coach Paul Chryst before trying out unsuccessfully with the Colts last summer. His most impressive play, in which he showed shades of Wallace, was a 41-yard completion from Charlie Batch down the near sideline into Indianapolis territory.

Furthermore, Gilreath could be an asset on special teams, especially if something happens to Chris Rainey…which it almost did.

After taking a brutal hit from Jarraud Powers early in the game, the rookie running back returned to action only after passing a concussion test. Head coach Mike Tomlin corroborated the health of Rainey, who ended with 20 yards rushing on six attempts, after the game.

Check out Chris Adamski’s full report, including other notes from Sunday’s Steeler victory, in the latest “Rapid Reports” from CBS Sports.