The Detroit Lions have signed cornerback Mark Gilbert from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad, agent Zac Hiller told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Gilbert joined the Steelers after the 2021 NFL Draft as an undrafted free agent out of Duke. He was cut by the team before the start of the regular season and signed to the practice squad. Gilbert racked up four pass breakups throughout the preseason over the games he played.
A cousin of NFL great Darrelle Revis, Gilbert suffered a traumatic hip injury that knocked him out of football at Duke. However, starting on the third-team defense, he showed enough throughout the preseason to jump up to the second-team defense after a strong showing against the Dallas Cowboys in Canton.
Gilbert had not been activated for any games from the practice squad for the Steelers, and the team’s decision to trade for former San Francisco outside cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon made such a promotion unlikely.
With Gilbert leaving, the team signing wide receiver Anthony Miller and defensive tackle Isaiah Mack, and the release of nose tackle Eli Ankou, the Steelers still have one open spot on their 15-man practice squad.uad