Pittsburgh Steelers sign ex-Raiders DB to practice squad

Steelers signed former fourth-round DB to the practice squad today.

Former Las Vegas Raiders defensive back Isaiah Johnson has been signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad, the team announced today.

Drafted by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL draft, Johnson appeared in 19 games (no starts) and contributed five defended passes and 15 tackles.

Johnson was placed on the physically unable to perform list in the offseason and released when teams cut rosters to the final 53 in August. In October, the Dallas Cowboys signed him to their practice squad, but he was released after two weeks.

Johnson will replace Linden Stephens, who landed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.

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Steelers add ex-Jets QB James Morgan to practice squad

The Steelers signed former Jets QB James Morgan to their practice squad, the team announced on Monday. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed former New York Jets quarterback James Morgan to their practice squad, the team announced on Monday.

Morgan, drafted by the Jets in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft, will serve as a third quarterback in practice while Ben Roethlisberger remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Minkah Fitzpatrick joins Roethlisberger on the Reserve/COVID-19 list.

To make room for Morgan, the Steelers released nose tackle Isaiah Mack.

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Pittsburgh Steelers waive RB Trey Edmunds

The first order of business (there will be many) for the Steelers was to waive running back Trey Edmunds. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers offseason started sooner than many hoped or expected. And, with that, their first order of business — there will be many — was to waive running back Trey Edmunds.

Edmunds was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2017. After Pittsburgh signed him to its practice squad in 2018, Edmunds had been waived and re-signed by the team several times and appeared in 19 games. He spent the final seven games of the season on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in Week 10.

His brother, Terrell, is a Steelers safety.

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Steelers announce multiple roster moves ahead of Monday Night Football rumble

Pittsburgh made some roster moves ahead of the MNF matchup in Cincinnati.

With the offensive line decimated by injuries, the Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to make a few roster moves ahead of their Monday Night Football matchup in Cincinnati.

Guard Danny Isidora, signed from the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad last week, has been activated to the 53-man roster.

Isidora was a fifth-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2017 and has played in 25 games (six starts) in four seasons.

Pittsburgh also elevated linebacker Tegray Scales to the active/inactive roster from the practice squad. Signed on Nov. 11, Scales was first elevated for the Buffalo Bills game, in which he played in three special teams snaps.

Tight end Kevin Rader was released but could be re-signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

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Kansas City to Pittsburgh: Steelers sign OL Danny Isidora from Chiefs practice squad

The Steelers have signed offensive lineman Danny Isidora from the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Steelers offensive line took a hit when starting left guard Matt Feiler sustained a pectoral injury in the Buffalo Bills game. Feiler was sent to injured reserve, and, on Tuesday, offensive lineman Danny Isidora was signed from the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad.

A fifth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2017 NFL draft, Isidora appeared in 21 games (three starts) before being traded to the Miami Dolphins in 2019.

Isidora was released after training camp and signed to the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad.

Due to the sudden rash of injuries along the offensive line, particularly at guard and tackle, Isidora could see significant playing time.

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Steelers make roster moves as injuries keep mounting

Offensive lineman Matt Feiler was placed on injured reserve, and former Colts EDGE Cassius Marsh was added to the active roster.

Steelers offensive lineman Matt Feiler, who has been playing at left guard since the season began, was placed on injured reserve on Monday. He suffered a torn pectoral early in the Buffalo Bills matchup.

Rookie guard Kevin Dotson (shoulder) entered the game, only to exit in the third quarter.

Steelers head coach will have an update on injuries during his weekly press conference on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh has activated linebacker Cassius Marsh to the 53-man roster. He was signed off the Indianapolis Colts practice squad last week.

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Pittsburgh area native Christian Kuntz signed to Steelers practice squad, among slew of moves made on Tuesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers were busy making moves on Tuesday.

Among the slew of roster transactions the Steelers made on Tuesday was the signing of two names that might already be familiar to Black and Gold fans.

Linebacker/long snapper Christian Kuntz was signed to the practice squad, and Pine-Richland High School graduate, tight end Kevin Rader was signed to the 53-man roster.

Kuntz, a Pittsburgh native, worked out for the team last week and is now in his second stint. He was part of the Steelers during training camp in 2019 and 2020 but was released after roster cut-downs. Kuntz was a practice squad member with the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chartiers Valley High School graduate played collegiately at Duquesne University, where he logged 248 tackles (71.5 for loss) and a school-record 30.5 sacks. Kuntz was also the recipient of two Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year awards and, according to Teresa Varley of Steelers.com, is the only player three-time All-American honoree in school history.

Rader was part of the Steelers practice squad for most of 2019 and, again, since the start of the 2020 season. The former Green Bay Packer played for Youngstown State University, where he had 44 receptions for 601 yards and four touchdowns.

Pittsburgh also activated tight end Vance McDonald off the reserve/COVID-19 list, where he’s been since Nov. 9. Zach Gentry, who was promoted to the active roster in McDonald’s place versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the game. The Steelers placed him on injured reserve on Tuesday.

The tight end moves shore up the position as the Steelers were down to just Eric Ebron for most of the Jaguars game.

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He’s baaaack! Trey Edmunds replaces TE Vance McDonald’s roster spot

Edmunds has been signed to Pittsburgh’s 53-man roster.

Former Steelers running back Trey Edmunds is no longer former. The team announced on Tuesday that not only is he back with Pittsburgh, but he was signed to the 53-man roster. Edmunds was released on Saturday to make room for linebackers Avery Williams and Jayrone Elliott.

The fourth-year back will take tight end Vance McDonald’s spot on the roster. McDonald was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday after testing positive for the virus.

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What are the Steelers getting in LB Avery Williamson?

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin says making the trade for Williamson was the ‘prudent thing to do.’

News broke during Sunday Night Football that the Steelers were indeed making an in-season trade after all.

Depth was uncomfortably thin at inside linebacker after Pittsburgh lost Devin Bush for the year. While Robert Spillane been playing lights-out, the Steelers needed to solidify their linebacker corps.

They did so by bringing in veteran Avery Williamson via a trade with the New York Jets. Pittsburgh sent their fifth-round 2022 pick in exchange for the linebacker and New York’s 2022 seventh round.

Selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans, Williamson signed with the Jets in free agency in 2018. He enjoyed a team-high 120 tackles that season but tore his ACL during the preseason last year and underwent season-ending surgery.

Williamson, 28, has appeared in seven games (six starts) this year and recorded 59 tackles, three pass breakups and an interception.

Being signed by the Steelers reunites him with outside linebacker Bud Dupree, who was his teammate at Kentucky. Williamson recorded 296 tackles (10 for loss), four sacks and two interceptions with the Wildcats.

“At the early stages of his career, he played in Tennessee in a system of defense that was very similar to ours, not only in terms of how it was constructed but also the language itself,” Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said in his weekly press conference. “He’s a guy who fortifies depth in an area in which we’ve been challenged recently.”

“So at the trade deadline, we thought it was necessary, if we had an opportunity, to get a known commodity, one like Avery Williamson who we were somewhat familiar with and who was somewhat familiar with our schematics, and put him into the fold.

“With as much ball as we have that lies ahead, it was a prudent thing to do, and we’re excited about having him.”

In his seven-year career, Williamson has 546 tackles (26 for loss) and 14.5 sacks. He also has four interceptions, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and 17 pass defenses.

Ulysees Gilbert, who everyone was hoping would contribute this season, has not been able to stay healthy. He injured his back in college and it’s been an on-and-off issue ever since. On Wednesday, Gilbert was placed on injured reserve for the second time in as many seasons.

Expect the division of labor to be between Spillane, Williamson and safety-turned-linebacker Marcus Allen.

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