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Steelers Myles Jack
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette carries the football with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Myles Jack (51) defending during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed inside linebacker Myles Jack, the team announced on Monday. Jack had taken physical with the team on Monday.

Jack was released by from the Philadelphia Eagles’ retired list week and cleared waivers, allowing him to sign with any NFL team if he chooses to. There was immediate reported interest between Jack and the Steelers concerning a return to Pittsburgh.

Jack, who spent the 2022 season with Pittsburgh, was released by the Steelers in March. After being a free agent for most of the summer, and contemplating leaving football for a trade, he signed with the Eagles on Aug. 6.

Jack lasted just a few weeks with the Eagles, when he decided to retire from football on Aug. 20. When he did so, the Eagles put him on the reserve/retired list, retaining his rights. They decided to release him on Thursday, putting him through waivers. With Jack cleared, he is eligible to sign with any team.

Steelers ILB Myles Jack

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Myles Jack at OTAs on June 8, 2022. — Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Steelers are reeling at inside linebacker, where they lost starters Cole Holcomb and Kwon Alexander in consecutive weeks to season-ending injuries.

Elandon Roberts and Mykal Walker started for the Steelers against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Tariq Carpenter was elevated from the practice squad for the second consecutive week for a special teams role. 

The club signed Tyler Murray, a free-agent rookie who had been with the Cincinnati Bengals in training camp, to fill one vacant slot on their practice squad. 

Jack, 28, played in 15 games and made 13 starts for the Steelers last year. He led the Steelers in tackles with 104 last season, and also had three tackles for loss, three passes defended and one quarterback hit.

A second-round draft pick out of UCLA by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2016, Jack spent six seasons with the Jaguars before joining the Steelers as a free agent in 2022.

Since his retirement, Jack and his mother LaSonjia became the owners of the Allen (Texas) Americans of the ECHL, becoming the first African-American majority owner of a professional hockey team.