The Pittsburgh Steelers have elevated guard Rashaad Coward from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, the team announced on Saturday.
Coward has played in three games for the Steelers this season, twice as a practice squad elevation and once as a COVID-19 replacement. The Steelers do not have any offensive linemen on the COVID-19 reserve list, and each player can only be a game-day practice squad elevation twice in a season, so his elevation must be a standard one.
Coward will likely serve as the team’s top backup at guard, with Kevin Dotson and B.J. Finney on injured reserve and J.C. Hassenauer expected to start at center. Kendrick Green is active but unlikely to start at center after missing all week while on the COVID-19 list.
Left tackle Dan Moore Jr. is listed as doubtful to play in the game with an ankle injury, with guard/tackle Joe Haeg likely starting at left tackle. That would leave Coward, Banner and Green as the team’s available backups for Sunday’s must-win game at Baltimore.
Coward spent the 2021 offseason with the Steelers, was released in October, and re-joined the team as a member of the practice squad on Nov. 23.