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Travis Kirschke | Defensive Lineman

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (40) / 9/6/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 298
College: UCLA
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Steelers DE Travis Kirschke is expected to retire this offseason.
There had been no previous indication of Kirschke's plans. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review offhandedly tucked the information into a report about Nick Eason's re-signing. Still, Kirschke turns 36 just prior to the start of the season and is coming off nagging injuries to his calf and ankle the past two years. Thu, Apr 8, 2010 09:02:00 AM

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Steelers DE Travis Kirschke (calf) is expected to return for Thursday's game against the Browns.

It's all hands on deck for the Steelers, who have lost four straight games. Kirschke will give the defensive line rotation a small boost as a run stopper.
Tue, Dec 8, 2009 10:28:00 AM

Steelers DE Travis Kirschke is expected to miss Sunday's game after aggravating his calf injury.

Nick Eason and Ziggy Hood played well in his place last week, so the Steelers run defense will remain an elite unit. Eason will start Sunday against the Raiders.
Sat, Dec 5, 2009 09:25:00 AM

Steelers DE Travis Kirschke (calf) is on track to return to game action this week after practicing again on Friday.

Ziggy Hood and Nick Eason played well in his place, vaulting the Steelers to No. 1 in the league in run defense. Once they get Troy Polamalu (knee) back, the defense will be hitting on all cylinders again.
Fri, Nov 27, 2009 11:35:00 AM

Steelers declared DE Travis Kirschke, CB Keiwan Ratliff, FB Carey Davis, OG Kraig Urbik, OT Tony Hills, DE Sunny Harris, WR Shaun McDonald and third QB Dennis Dixon inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Starting safety Ryan Clark resumes his role after sitting out last week due to his sickle cell trait. Disappointing receiver Limas Sweed is "up" again instead of Shaun McDonald.
Sun, Nov 15, 2009 11:58:00 AM

Steelers DE Travis Kirschke (calf) has been officially ruled out for Monday night's game against the Broncos.

Kirschke may not be ready for Week 10 either. Nick Eason will start, with rookies Ziggy Hood and Sunny Harris getting more playing time. The Steelers will likely be without three defensive starters Monday in Ryan Clark, Lawrence Timmons and Kirschke.
Sat, Nov 7, 2009 03:02:00 PM

Steelers DE Travis Kirschke (calf) will almost certainly sit out Monday night's game in Denver.

Kirschke has a torn left calf muscle and probably won't be ready for a couple more weeks. Nick Eason will replace Kirshcke at left defensive end, where the Steelers have already lost Aaron Smith (shoulder) for the season. Rookies Ziggy Hood and Sunny Harris will also see more snaps.
Thu, Nov 5, 2009 12:21:00 PM

Steelers DE Travis Kirschke is questionable for Monday night's game at Denver with a left calf injury.

Kirschke missed practice Monday and coach Mike Tomlin didn't sound too optimistic about his status. Kirschke hurt the calf in the Week 7 win over Minnesota.
Tue, Nov 3, 2009 11:01:00 AM

Steelers DE Travis Kirschke left the Week 7 win over Minnesota with a calf injury.

Kirschke was already replacing Aaron Smith, who is done for the year with a shoulder injury. Nick Eason stepped in for Kirschke last week. Beat writer Ed Bouchette called Kirschke's injury "bad," but he does have an extra week to heal as the Steelers are on a bye.
Tue, Oct 27, 2009 10:24:00 AM

Travis Kirschke will step in as the Steelers' starting right defensive end while Brett Keisel (calf) is sidelined.

Keisel could miss up to two months. Kirschke should be solid against the run, but will play in a rotation and won't be near the pressure player Keisel is.
Fri, Sep 19, 2008 11:28:00 PM

Steelers DE Travis Kirschke recently had bone spurs removed from his right ankle and has been on crutches.

He is expected to be 100 percent for the start of training camp.
Fri, Jun 6, 2008 09:55:00 AM

Steelers re-signed DE Travis Kirschke to a two-year contract.

Kirschke gets a two-year $2.28 million deal. He showed some signs of decline while filling in for an injured Aaron Smith last season, but he's been a quality backup defensive end for Pittsburgh since 2004.
Tue, Feb 19, 2008 12:42:00 PM

The only Steeler that will be questionable for the Super Bowl is DE Travis Kirschke.

LB James Harrison is expected to be back in action. Pittsburgh has been very fortunate avoiding major injuries this season.
Wed, Jan 25, 2006 10:39:00 AM

Steelers DE Travis Kirschke (back) practiced for the second day in a row and was upgraded from questionable to probable.

Pittsburgh and Cincinnati are playing basically at full strength Sunday.
Sat, Jan 7, 2006 12:12:00 PM

The Steelers reached a four-year agreement with DT Travis Kirshke (49ers).

The $6.4 million deal includes a $1.1 million signing bonus. It also means that the Patriots will officially acquire DT Rodney Bailey tomorrow. Bailey was signed to a $1.3 million offer sheet last week by New England.
Wed, Mar 10, 2004 10:59:00 PM

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