Signed from the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad to replace Brian Price who went on Injured Reserve. Played in all nine games from then on and recorded his first sack in the road win in San Francisco. Originally entered the NFL in 2010 as a fourth round selection of the Saints, taken 123rd overall. Did not make the final roster and hence spent several weeks with the Steelers. Returned to Pittsburgh in 2011 after a brief spell in Seattle and started two games for them in 2013.