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Report: Steelers Release LB Tuzar Skipper

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The Steelers have released linebacker Tuzar Skipper, according to a report by Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com.

Skipper, 25, just finished his second training camp with the Steelers after joining the club as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2019.

It’s also the second time the Steelers have cut Skipper just before the outset of the season. After a strong rookie preseason, he made the team’s initial 53-man roster last September, but was waived prior to Week 1.

Skipper was claimed by the New York Giants and spent six weeks on the active roster in New York. He was then waived, added to the Giants practice squad, and eventually re-signed by the Steelers on Nov. 19.

The Steelers signed him to a two-year contract for the 2020 and 2021 seasons on Dec. 30.

He played in six games with the Giants last season, recording three tackles, one-half sack and a fumble recovery.

Skipper had been behind returning starters Bud Dupree and T.J. Watt, reserve Ola Adeniyi and third-round rookie Alex Highsmith at outside linebacker throughout the team’s training camp. The Steelers also recently signed veteran linebacker Jayrone Elliott.

Skipper is the first player to be cut by the Steelers after the close of their training camp on Friday, and with his release, the team’s roster stands at 79 players. All NFL teams must cut down from 80 players to 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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Steelers Re-Sign WR Anthony Johnson to Practice Squad; Release WR Amara Darboh

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The Steelers have re-signed wide receiver Anthony Johnson to their practice squad and released wide receiver Amara Darboh.

Johnson, 25, is in his second professional season out of Buffalo. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver spent the 2020 offseason with the Steelers before suffering a knee injury in training camp.

He was waived/injured by the team on Aug. 27, cleared waivers and reverted to the injured reserve list on Aug. 28, and was waived from the IR with an injury settlement on Sept. 4.

Teams cannot re-sign players that they’ve reached an injury settlement with for at least three weeks longer than the term of the settlement, which is not publicly disclosed.

The Steelers originally signed Johnson to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 8. He spent the 2019 preseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then on the practice squad of the Los Angeles Chargers.

In two seasons at Buffalo, Johnson caught 133 passes for 2,367 yards and 25 touchdowns. He led the MAC in receiving yards per game in his junior season.

Darboh joined the Steelers mid-year in 2019 after spending time with the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a third-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017.

The Steelers initially signed him to their practice squad on Nov. 18, 2019, then he was promoted to the active roster on Dec. 16, 2019, but did not play in a game. He returned to the Steelers for 2020, was waived at the end of training camp and re-signed to the practice squad.

When Diontae Johnson was injured earlier this season and missed time, the Steelers elevated fellow practice squad receiver Deon Cain ahead of Darboh.

The Steelers’ 16-man practice squad and 53-man roster are both full after the transactions.

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Steelers Sign P Jordan Berry, Elevate Trey Edmunds, Jayrone Elliott from Practice Squad

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The Steelers officially signed veteran punter Jordan Berry, who previously punted for Pittsburgh from 2015 to 2020, and elevated two players from the practice squad.

Berry came in for a visit this past week after the Steelers released veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, who was signed to replace Berry right before the start of the regular season.

Despite the team’s 5-0 record, Mike Tomlin hinted Colquitt’s struggles could trigger a change at punter.

In other news, running back Trey Edmunds and linebacker Jayrone Elliott have both been elevated from the practice squad ahead of the team’s Week 7 game in Tennessee against the Titans. This marks the second time Edmunds has been elevated from the practice squad this season.

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Report: Steelers to Sign, Bring Back Punter Jordan Berry

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The Steelers are expected to sign Jordan Berry, according to Field Yates. Berry did come in for a visit with the team this past week.

This report comes after the Steelers released veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, who was signed right before the start of the regular season. Berry, who punted for Pittsburgh from 2015-1019, would be replacing the man who was brought in to replace him. Berry’s contract was terminated following the signing of Colquitt.

Despite the team’s 5-0 record, Mike Tomlin hinted Colquitt’s struggles could trigger a change at punter before the team’s Sunday road game against the Titans.

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