The Steelers have placed defensive back Aaron Spring on the COVID-19 reserve list, the first Steelers player to be placed on the list.
The team must, per league policy, place players in those categories on the COVID-19 reserve list. Teams are not permitted to disclose which category the player is in. Players are subject to medical clearance before returning from the list. There is no maximum number of players that can be placed on the list.
Springs signed with the Steelers on April 16 after playing with the Los Angeles Wildcats in the XFL this spring. In five games before the league was forced to stop play due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Springs recorded 16 total tackles and an interception.
Springs was a standout corner in college at Oregon, where he had 137 career tackles, 44 pass defenses, two sacks and two interceptions.
After not being drafted in 2018, Springs signed as a rookie free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s also spent time on the practice squads of the Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers.
Steelers Sign P Jordan Berry, Elevate Trey Edmunds, Jayrone Elliott from Practice Squad
The Steelers officially signed veteran punter Jordan Berry, who previously punted for Pittsburgh from 2015 to 2020, and elevated two players from the practice squad.
Berry came in for a visit this past week after the Steelers released veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, who was signed to replace Berry right before the start of the regular season.
Despite the team’s 5-0 record, Mike Tomlin hinted Colquitt’s struggles could trigger a change at punter.
In other news, running back Trey Edmunds and linebacker Jayrone Elliott have both been elevated from the practice squad ahead of the team’s Week 7 game in Tennessee against the Titans. This marks the second time Edmunds has been elevated from the practice squad this season.
Report: Steelers to Sign, Bring Back Punter Jordan Berry
The Steelers are expected to sign Jordan Berry, according to Field Yates. Berry did come in for a visit with the team this past week.
This report comes after the Steelers released veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, who was signed right before the start of the regular season. Berry, who punted for Pittsburgh from 2015-1019, would be replacing the man who was brought in to replace him. Berry’s contract was terminated following the signing of Colquitt.
Despite the team’s 5-0 record, Mike Tomlin hinted Colquitt’s struggles could trigger a change at punter before the team’s Sunday road game against the Titans.
Steelers Release P Dustin Colquitt among Four Roster Moves
The Steelers released punter Dustin Colquitt on Friday, just five games into his tenure as the team’s punter, as part of a series of roster moves.
The team also placed linebacker Devin Bush on the injured reserve list, promoted defensive end Henry Mondeaux from the practice squad and signed rookie free agent linebacker Ray Wilborn to the practice squad.
Colquitt was signed to replace incumbent starter Jordan Berry at in between the end of training camp and the start of the regular season, but through five games, he had the worst net punting average in the NFL.
“I acknowledge that our punting is not up to snuff and that we have to get better in that area, and we are willing to do whatever is required in an effort to do so,” head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday.
It’s not clear who the Steelers plan to replace Colquitt with at this time. They hosted Berry for a free-agent visit this week. They could also call up rookie punter Corliss Waitman from the practice squad.
Bush underwent surgery on Wednesday on his ACL and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2020 season. He will be replaced at inside linebacker by second-year backup Robert Spillane.
Mondeaux, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive end out of Oregon, originally signed with the Steelers in May 2019 and spent all of the 2019 season on the team’s practice squad. He re-signed for 2020, and was once again placed on the practice squad before the start of the regular season.
Wilborn visited the Steelers on Monday. A 6-foot-4, 225-pound rookie out of Ball State, Wilborn played both safety and linebacker for the Cardinals, but projected to be a linebacker in the NFL. He spent training camp with the Atlanta Falcons.
With the moves, the Steelers still have one open spot on their 53-man roster and can call up as many as two players from the practice squad to play against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Waitman could be one of those players, as could running back Trey Edmunds, who could once again be asked to replace injured fullback Derek Watt.