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Ryan Shazier to Remain with Steelers, Continue Recovery

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Ryan Shazier will remain a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the reasons go far beyond football. The Steelers announced his contract will be tolled into the 2019 season in an effort to keep him employed by the organization.

Shazier will eventually be placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list. While this means his returning to the playing field is still a year away, if it ever happens, keeping Shazier assists in his recovery process. He will be paid a salary reflective of his years of service in the NFL. This figure is reported to be around $805,000, per The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly. Most importantly, Shazier will continue to accrue seasons toward his NFL players’ pension and his medical insurance will continue to be the same coverage active NFL players receive.

“We will continue to support Ryan’s efforts to return to play,” said General Manager Kevin Colbert in a statement released by the Steelers. “Although he won’t be able to help us on the field in 2019, his leadership, insight, and emotional support have always been very valuable to us, and we look forward to his contributions in our pursuit of a championship,” added Colbert.

Fans, even those of rival teams, immediately took to social media to praise the class of the Steelers upon hearing the Shazier news. This is a welcome change for a franchise that’s been wrapped up in drama for months.

Shazier suffered a serious injuring on Dec. 4, 2017 in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery but has been progressively recovering ever since.

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Steelers Sign DE Calvin Taylor to Practice Squad, Release CB Trajan Bandy

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The Steelers have signed defensive end Calvin Taylor to their practice squad and released defensive back Trajan Bandy, the team announced on Friday.

Taylor, a 6-foot-7 rookie from Kentucky, spent the entire offseason with the Steelers after singing with the team an an undrafted free agent in April, but was released after training camp.

He’ll add practice depth for the Steelers at defensive end to go along with second-year practice squad player Henry Mondeaux.

The Steelers have just six active defensive linemen: nose tackles Tyson Alualu and Carlos Davis, defensive tackles Cameron Heyward and Chris Wormley and defensive ends Isaiah Buggs and Stephon Tuitt.

Bandy, a rookie free agent out of Miami, was a player that many had high hopes for after leaving the Hurricanes a year early to enter the NFL, but he could not find a spot on the Steelers’ 53-man roster, losing out to James Pierre for the final cornerback spot. Bandy had been the only cornerback on the Steelers’ practice squad.

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Steelers Sign former Michigan State WR Cody White to Practice Squad

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The Steelers have signed wide receiver Cody White to their practice squad, the team announced on Thursday.

White worked out for the team in a try out on Tuesday. He had also tried out with the Steelers once before in August.

A 6-foot-3, 215-pound receiver from Novi, Michigan, White left Michigan State after his junior season to pursue an NFL career. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent, but was waived with a non-football injury in July.

He was then signed by the New York Giants, but waived during training camp. That’s when he worked out for the Steelers the first time. He then signed with the Denver Broncos on Aug. 23, but was waived at the outset of training camp on Sept. 5.

In three seasons at Michigan State, White caught 143 passes for 1,967 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a junior in 2019, he had 66 catches for 922 yards and six scores to lead the Spartans in all three categories.

White will fill the Steelers’ practice squad after nose tackle Daniel McCullers elected to terminate his contract and join the Chicago Bears earlier this week.

He’ll help a wide receiver corps that has been reduced in practice by nagging injuries to Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster that has caused both players to miss Wednesday’s practice in consecutive weeks.

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Former Steelers NT Dan McCullers Signs with Chicago Bears

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Former Steelers defensive tackle Daniel McCullers has found new employment, agreeing on Thursday to a contract with the Chicago Bears, according to multiple reports.

McCullers’ agreement with the Bears was first reported by Joe Rutter of the Tribune-Review.

McCullers, 28, terminated his practice squad contract with the Steelers earlier in the week. He was the Steelers’ sixth-round draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and had spent the previous six seasons with the team, playing in 73 and making three starts while amassing 41 career tackles, four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.

The 6-foot-7, 352-pound nose tackle was a somewhat surprising cut for the Steelers after training camp this season, losing his spot on the 53-man roster to rookie Carlos Davis.

The Bears added McCullers after defensive tackle John Jenkins suffered a thumb injury. The Steelers are not scheduled to play the Bears this season.

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