The Baltimore Ravens are elevating former Steelers wide receiver Dan Chisena from their practice squad for the AFC Championship against the Chiefs. They signed him after the Cardinals released him in early January. Chisena will help patch up some injuries they have at wide receiver, including Tylan Wallace, who is dealing with a knee 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.