The Steelers have signed Titans outside linebacker David Anenih to their 53-man roster and will place T.J. Watt on injured reserve, according to a report by Field Yates of ESPN.
Anenih is an undrafted free agent out of Houston. In his career with the Cougars, Anenih racked up 20.5 sacks, 31.5 tackles for loss, and four forced fumbles over his five year career. His best season was a breakout 2021 season, where he put up five sacks, ten tackles for loss, and a forced fumble in 14 starts for Houston. He was named a First-Team All-Conference player in the American Athletic Conference.
David Anenih was undrafted out of Houston in the 2022 NFL Draft, but his performance in the preseason earned him a spot on the Titans practice squad. In three preseason games, Anenih registered three sacks and two forced fumbles, including two fumbles against the Baltimore Ravens. In addition, he racked up two pass deflections and seven tackles overall in the preseason.
The move will see star Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt to injured reserve with his pectoral injury. While he is expected to miss six weeks with his injury, putting him on injured reserve guarantees Watt missing at least four games with the injury. With Anenih joining the active roster, it is expected that he will back up Malik Reed and Alex Highsmith along with Jamir Jones.
Pittsburgh now has four outside linebackers on roster in Highsmith, Reed, Jones, and Anenih. It will be tough for them to replace Watt, but they will have to try to do it as best as they can as a unit. On the practice squad is Delontae Scott and Ryan Anderson if the Steelers believe those players could be part of the solution. Hamilcar Rashed Jr. is listed on the practice squad injured list with an undisclosed ailment.