The Steelers have released center and guard Patrick Morris and offered him a spot on the practice squad, according to a report by Jacob Klinger of PennLive.
Morris, 24, signed a reserve/future contract in January after spending all of 2018 on the Steelers’ practice squad.
He spent most of training camp as the team’s third-string center behind starter Maurkice Pouncey and versatile backup B.J. Finney. He played in all four preseason games and started the finale against Carolina at center.
If Morris clears waivers and accepts his practice squad invitation, he will join defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux and wide receiver and punt returner Diontae Spencer, who the Steelers also hope to add to the practice squad. The team can add up to 11 players after final cuts and waivers.
Morris is the 13th player to be released by the Steelers since the end of the preseason, joining guard Derwin Gray, tight end/long snapper Trevor Wood, cornerbacks Marcelis Branch and Jhavonte Dean , defensive linemen Mondeaux and Casey Sayles, outside linebackers Jay Elliott and Sutton Smith, wide receivers Brandon Reilly and Spencer, tight end Kevin Rader and running back Malik Williams.
The Steelers’ roster now stands at 78 players. They must get down to 53 players by 4 p.m. Saturday.