The Pittsburgh Steelers have elevated defensive end Henry Mondeaux from the practice squad, the team announced on Monday.
Mondeaux will replace defensive lineman Tyson Alualu on the active roster. Alualu was placed on injured reserve on Monday after breaking his ankle in Sunday’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Mondeaux, 26, is in his third season with the Steelers and fourth season as a pro. A 6-foot-4, 280-pound Oregon alum, Mondeaux joined the Steelers in 2019 after stints with the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs.
He spent all of 2019 on the Steelers’ practice squad before getting some playing time in 2020. He appeared in 11 games last season, making five tackles, one for a loss, and two quarterback hits.
He was used primarily as a reserve defensive end in the team’s 3-4 base defense and on special teams, where he showed surprising speed to go with his 280-pound frame.
Mondeaux will slot in alongside rookie Isaiahh Loudermilk as backups at defensive end behind current starters Cam Heyward and Chris Wormley. Isaiah Buggs will shift from end to nose tackle in the base defense with the absence of Alualu and Carlos Davis, who is dealing with a knee injury.
All five players can play the tackle alignment in the team’s Nickel and Dime packages.