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Report: Steelers Sign OT Jerald Hawkins from Texans Practice Squad

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Just hours after starting right tackle Zach Banner left the team’s game against the New York Giants on Monday night with what is reportedly a season-ending ACL injury, the Steelers have reportedly signed a tackle to bolster their depth at the position.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Steelers have signed tackle Jerald Hawkins from the Houston Texans’ practice squad.

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Hawkins, 26, was the Steelers’ fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and played five games for the team, including one start in three seasons. He missed the entire 2018 season with a quad injury and was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with a 2021 seventh-round pick for a 2021 sixth-round draft pick on the eve of the 2019 season.

He signed with the Texans this offseason and was waived on Sept. 5 in the team’s final cuts. The Steelers will have to make a roster move in order to officially sign Hawkins.

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