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Steelers Promote Trey Edmunds, Paxton Lynch to Active Roster

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The Steelers have promoted running back Trey Edmunds and quarterback Paxton Lynch from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced on Friday.

Edmunds is in his second season with the team and his second stint on the active roster. He was on the practice squad last season until being promoted on Dec. 4, 2018, dressing for four games.

He spent the 2017 season with the New Orleans Saints and had nine carries for 48 yards and a touchdown. A noted special teams performer, Edmunds also returned three kicks for 65 yards and played on 62 percent of New Orleans’ special teams snaps that season.

He’s been called up to help offset the loss of backup running back Jaylen Samuels, who is expected to miss a month after undergoing knee surgery on Monday. Rookie Benny Snell will be the primary backup to starter James Conner.

Lynch, 25, is a former first-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos that the Steelers signed to their practice squad on Sept. 17 after Ben Roethlisberger was lost for the season with an elbow injury.

Lynch played in five career games and made four start for the Broncos from 2016-17. He has a career completion percentage of 61.7 and a passer rating of 76.7.

He did not sign with another team after being cut by the Broncos before the 2018 season. Lynch spent the 2019 preseason with the Seattle Seahawks but was again released before being signed by the Steelers.

Lynch will serve as the backup to starter Devlin Hodges, as Mason Rudolph has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers. He remains in the league’s concussion protocol.

To make room on the roster, the Steelers waived guard Fred Johnson and outside linebacker Jay Elliott. Johnson made the team out of training camp as an undrafted rookie out of Florida. Elliott was cut at the end of training camp, but re-signed with the team after an injury to linebacker Anthony Chickillo.

Chickillo returned fully to practice this week and is expected to play against the Chargers.

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Watch: Steelers LB Ola Adeniyi Surprises Mother with SUV for Birthday

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Olasunkanmi Adeniyi had a big surprise for his mother for her birthday last week.

Adeniyi, who was born in Nigeria and grew up in Texas, posted a video on Friday of him surprising his mother with a Range Rover for her birthday.

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Adeniyi, 23, just finished his third season with the Steelers in 2020 after joining the team as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo in 2018.

He got his most extensive playing time this season, appearing in 14% of the team’s defensive snaps after playing just 1% and 6% in his first two seasons. The injury to Bud Dupree opened up more playing time for Adeniyi and rookie Alex Highsmith at outside linebacker. Adeniyi has been a consistent performer on special teams the last two seasons.

Adeniyi is a restricted free agent this offseason and should be expected to earn a raise on his $575,000 salary from this past season.

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Jerome Bettis Helps Start Memorial Fund for Family of Tim Lester

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Steelers running back Jerome Bettis is trying to help out the family of his former teammate.

Tim Lester, who was Bettis’ teammate and lead blocker with the Steelers and Los Angeles Rams, died this week at the age of 52 due to complications from COVID-19.

After Lester’s death, Bettis started the Tim Lester Family Memorial Fund, and a GoFundMe page that has accumulated over $35,000 worth of donations in just two days.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and want to support Tim’s wife Natalie and children Tim Jr., Tristan and Tony in any way we can,” Bettis wrote. “I , Jerome Bettis, with the help of my family, friends and former teammates of mine and Tim’s have set up this memorial fund to help the Lester family with funeral costs. We thank you for your thoughts, prayers, well wishes and generous donations in lieu of flowers.”

James Farrior, Joey Porter, Kordell Stewart and Will Wolford are among the former teammates that have contributed.

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Report: Ben Roethlisberger Wants JuJu Smith-Schuster to Return to Steelers for 2021

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return to the team, according to a report by NFL Network, and he apparently also wants wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to return to the team with him.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafalo reported that Roethlisberger has communicated to the team that he wants Smith-Schuster back for the 2021 season.


Roethlisberger has one season left on his contract, which carries a $41 million cap hit, including $19 million of salary. Smith-Schuster is set to become a free agent for the first time in his career after making $1.04 million in 2020.

Roethlisberger’s contract is a big part of a money crunch that has the Steelers as much as $40 million over the 2021 salary cap entering the offseason.

Smith-Schuster is expected to make as much as $15 million per year on a market-value contract.

It’s not clear how the Steelers would be able to fit both Roethlisberger and Smith-Schuster under the 2021 salary cap. Roethlisberger would almost certainly have to take a significant pay cut.

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