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Bruce Gradkowski | Quarterback | #5

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/27/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 217
College: Toledo
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 6 (194) / TB
Contract: view contract details

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Steelers released QB Bruce Gradkowski from injured reserve.
Gradkowski was sent to injured reserve with a torn hamstring at the end of August. He was Pittsburgh's third-string QB behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones. The 33-year-old might resurface as a backup somewhere but he's obviously nearing the end of his career. Oct 7 - 5:00 PM

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Steelers placed QB Bruce Gradkowski (hamstring) on injured reserve, ending his season.

The move clears a spot for Zach Mettenberger. Gradkowski will miss his second straight season after spending all last year on I.R. His NFL career is likely over.
Aug 31 - 4:44 PM

Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski has a torn hamstring.

The 33-year-old No. 3 quarterback is probably going to miss his second straight season with injury. The end of the line is here for the 2006 sixth-rounder.
Aug 15 - 1:47 PM

Bruce Gradkowski said he heard a "pop" when he injured his hamstring in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.

He suffered the injury at the end of a nine-yard scramble late in the third quarter. Gradkowski completed all three of his passes for 22 yards before exiting. He'll undergo an MRI on Saturday. Dustin Vaughan finished the game at quarterback following Gradkowski's injury. When healthy, Gradkowski is third on the Steelers' QB depth chart behind Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones.
Aug 12 - 11:18 PM

Steelers re-signed QB Bruce Gradkowski.

He'll return as Ben Roethlisberger's primary backup. Gradkowski, 33, should be able to easily beat out Landry Jones and Dustin Vaughn in Steelers camp. He missed all of last season with finger and shoulder injuries.
May 1 - 7:17 PM

Steelers placed QB Bruce Gradkowski on injured reserve with finger and shoulder injuries, ending his season.

Gradkowski underwent finger surgery, and has a shoulder issue. Now 32, Gradkowski hasn't attempted a regular season pass since 2012. He could be on his way out of the NFL.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 07:45:00 PM

Steelers QB Bruce Gradkowski is undergoing surgery for a dislocated finger on his left hand.

There is no timetable for his return. This explains why the Steelers are bringing in Michael Vick for a visit. Gradkowski was forced from the third preseason game after injuring his hand reaching for a fumbled snap. Landry Jones played well in Gradkowski's absence.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 10:43:00 AM

Bruce Gradkowski injured a finger on his left hand in the Steelers' third preseason game.

He was taken to the locker room and is likely done for the day. Gradkowski injured himself reaching for a fumbled snap late in the second quarter. Gradkowski just returned to the field after sitting out most of training camp with an injured shoulder. Landry Jones should finish out the game.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 02:33:00 PM

Steelers signed QB Bruce Gradkowski to a three-year contract.

It was beyond time for the Steelers to upgrade their backup situation. Ben Roethlisberger has missed eight games over the last three seasons and Charlie Batch/Byron Leftwich proved mostly inept. Gradkowski, 30, brings 20 NFL starts and seven years of experience as a backup to the table.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 10:44:00 AM

Free agent QB Bruce Gradkowski will visit the Steelers.

The Steelers need to move on from the gray-bearded free agent Charlie Batch, and Byron Leftwich isn't coming back. Gradkowski is a solid veteran who last started a game in 2010 with the Raiders. He just turned 30 years old in January, and he sports a career 65.8 QB rating.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 06:06:00 PM

According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, the "odds look good" free agent Bruce Gradkowski returns as Andy Dalton's backup in 2013.

Gradkowski, 30, has attempted just 29 passes over the past two seasons. Owner of a career 65.8 QB rating, Gradkowski will be back if the Bengals will have him. It's a bit surprising Cincinnati wouldn't pursue a backup upgrade after Dalton's second straight late-season collapse, but owner Mike Brown prefers his players cheap, and Gradkowski will be cheap.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 09:54:00 AM

In relief of Andy Dalton, Bruce Gradkowski completed 5-of-11 passes for 65 yards in Sunday's Week 17, 23-17 win over the Ravens.

Dalton played the entire first half before Gradkowski entered to open up the third quarter. With the game tied at 7-7 at halftime, Gradkowski will get credit for the win. Cincinnati had nothing to gain in Week 17, but head coach Marvin Lewis didn't want to just sit his guys and have them cold for the playoffs. Gradkowski will return to his backup duties when the No. 6 seed Bengals open the playoffs on the road next weekend.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 04:48:00 PM

After replacing a dinged-up Andy Dalton at halftime, Bruce Gradkowski completed 5-of-12 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown as the Bengals upset the Browns in Week 1.

Dalton missed the second half with a right wrist injury. He'll return to the starting lineup at Denver next week. Gradkowski was mostly ineffective, but at least capitalized on a slow-moving Browns defense by executing a 41-yard touchdown throw to A.J. Green after a quick snap with the Cleveland team still in its huddle. Gradkowski managed just 51 yards on his other 11 attempts. Dalton's job is safe as the Bengals' starter.
Sun, Sep 11, 2011 05:23:00 PM

Bengals agreed to terms with QB Bruce Gradkowski on a two-year contract.

This one has been in the cards for months. Gradkowski knows new coordinator Jay Gruden's offense, which takes on added importance after the lockout wiped out OTAs. A prototypical "bridge" QB, Gradkowski is the favorite to start in Cincinnati until Andy Dalton gains a familiarity with his teammates and Gruden's playbook. The Bengals QB situation is one to avoid in fantasy circles.
Wed, Jul 27, 2011 04:38:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms the Bengals have begun contract discussions with free agent QB Bruce Gradkowski.

This was fully expected. Gradkowski knows OC Jay Gruden's offense inside and out after playing under him and his brother for three years in Tampa. The Bengals have stated that rookie Andy Dalton will get a chance to start, but Gradkowski would be the prohibitive favorite for Week 1 if signed.
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 11:10:00 PM

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