The Steelers have signed tight end Alize Mack to their practice squad while starter Vance McDonald’s availability for Monday night is unknown.
McDonald was seen in a sling on Tuesday at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex after leaving Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury.
The Steelers relied on back-up Xavier Grimble in that game and also have fifth-round rookie Zach Gentry on the roster and second-year player Christian Scotland-Williamson on the practice squad. Running back Jaylen Samuels has also played tight end in some positions.
Mack was a seventh-round pick out of Notre Dame by the New Orleans Saints in this spring’s draft, but was released by New Orleans last week. Mack also worked out for the Browns this week.
He missed a good amount of his training camp this summer with an injury and did not play in any preseason games. The Saints waived him in final roster cuts and added him to the practice squad. He was waived from their practice squad on Sept. 20.
To make room on the practice squad for Mack, the Steelers released inside linebacker Robert Spillane.
Steelers, Pitt Start 3-0 for First Time Since 1982
PITTSBURGH — This year has been a trying year for many around the world and the region, but so far, 2020 has been pretty good to Pittsburgh’s football teams.
The Pittsburgh Steelers improved to 3-0 on the season on Sunday with a 28-21 victory over the Houston Texans at Heinz Field.
One day earlier on the same playing surface, the Pitt Panthers had earned their third straight win to start the season with a 23-20 win over the Louisville Cardinals.
It’s been a long time since Pittsburgh’s football fans had such a successful start to the season. The last time both Pitt and the Steelers won each of their first three games was all the way back in 1982.
Pitt’s squad, led by quarterback Dan Marino, ended up winning seven in a row that year before losing to Notre Dame and Penn State in November and SMU in the Cotton Bowl, finishing 9- and ranked No. 10 in the country.
The Steelers’ 3-0 start that season was a strange one, as the beat the Dallas Cowboys to open to the season and prevailed over the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime before the NFL players went on strike, stopping the season until late November. When play resumed, the Steelers defeated the Houston Oilers to improve to 3-0.
But Terry Bradshaw’s injured elbow limited him throughout the season and the Steelers dropped three of their next four, finishing 6-3 and with a first-round playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Both teams will put their unbeaten records on the line next weekend, with No. 24 Pitt hosting NC State at Heinz Field and the Steelers visiting the equally undefeated Tennessee Titans. If they can keep their hot starts going, they’ll be equalling the 1979 season, when both teams started 4-0.
Steelers Postgame Show: Steelers Comeback, Run Over Texans
Despite trailing early, the Steelers were able to comeback and move to 3-0 on the season with a win over the Houston Texans.
Host Mike Asti held a postgame show chat session with fans to cover a variety of topics: the win, a rockier day for Ben Roethlisberger at times, the emergence of Eric Ebron, Anthony McFarland and more Steelers weapons, Mike Tomlin now incorporating a running back by committee situation and even the struggles of the defense, especially the secondary.
Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/25/20
It was all about wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster’s return and the Watt brothers at the final practice before the Steelers week 3 game against Houston.
Footage courtesy Pittsburgh Steelers