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Cardinals Sign Ex-Steelers WR to Active Roster Ahead of Game



Steelers WR Dan Chisena
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Dan Chisena at training camp on Aug. 1, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Arizona Cardinals have signed former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Dan Chisena to their active roster from their practice squad, the team announced on Saturday.

The Cardinals had just added Chisena to the practice squad on Nov. 22. The club will be without wide receivers Michael Wilson and Zach Pascal for Sunday’s Week 13 game against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Additionally, Marquise Brown is questionable to play with a heel injury.

Chisena, 26, signed a one-year deal with the Steelers this offseason after spending his first three NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, where he did not catch a pass, but locked down a role as a member of the special teams units.

Chisena was unable to do that in Pittsburgh. In three preseason games, he played just four snaps of special teams, three in kickoff coverage and on kick return. He saw more playing time on offense, where a pair of injuries moved him up the depth chart for the preseason finale in Atlanta. He played 27 snaps against the Falcons on offense, after having just eight in the first two weeks combined. He was targeted twice and made one catch for 16 yards.

The Steelers released Chisena as part of their final cuts after the preseason and he spent a few weeks on the Vikings practice squad before catching on the with the Cardinals.

A track and football star at Downingtown East High School in Chester County, Chisena ran track for Penn State from 2016-18. He competed in the 100 and 400 meters, and was a part of Penn State’s relay team that won the 2017 Big Ten championship.

In 2018, he walked onto the football team, playing appearing in two games on special teams while also being a multiple-time scout team player of the week. The following season, he earned a scholarship, played in 12 games and made two starts. He won the John Bruno Award as Penn State’s top special teams player.

In addition to Chisena’s signing to the active roster, the Cardinals elevated defensive lineman Phil Hoskins and defensive back Divaad Wilson from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.