The Steelers elevated kicker Matthew Wright and offensive lineman Anthony Coyle from the practice squad on Monday in advance of the team’s game against Washington.
Wright was signed to the practice squad last week. His activation means it is likely he will replaced injured kicker Chris Boswell, who has a hip injury. Boswell was initially listed as questionable to face Washington, but the Steelers downgraded him to doubtful on Sunday.
Wright spent the 2019 offseason with the Steelers and was expected to be legitimate competition for Boswell, who was coming off a poor 2018 season. Boswell re-established himself and Wright was cut at the outset of training camp.
Wright has never kicked in an NFL game, but went 12 of 14 on field goals his senior year at UCF in 2018.
The Steelers will be without a significant weapon in Boswell, who has been one of the league’s best kickers this season. He has made 18 of 19 (94.7%) field goals this season, good enough for the eight-best percentage in the league. Boswell is eight for nine from beyond 40 yards.
Coyle will be elevated for the second straight game. He did not play against Baltimore. A guard and tackle, he’ll help fill depth on the line lost by the absence of starting center Maurkice Pouncey, who is still on the COVID-19 reserve list and is expected to miss his second straight game.
Coyle, who signed with the Steelers this spring after a stint in the XFL, has never played an NFL game.