The Pittsburgh Steelers protected defensive tackle Daniel Archibong, guard Rashaad Coward, tackle Chaz Green and wide receiver Anthony Miller from being signed from their practice squad for Week 14 of the 2021 NFL season, according to the NFL transactions page from Wednesday.
Archibong, a rookie from Temple, has played in two games for the Steelers, in Week 11 and Week 12, and made two tackles. The team’s depth at defensive tackle has since somewhat improved with the signing of Montravius Adams and Carlos Davis returning from injured reserve, but with Isaiah Buggs still out, Archibong remains the next man up at the position.
Coward has not been recalled from the practice squad since re-joining the Steelers on Nov. 23. Green has been on the Steelers’ practice squad all season and played in two games in Week 4 and Week 13.
The Steelers are currently without starting left guard Kevin Dotson (high ankle sprain), backup center/guard J.C. Hassenauer (pectoral), backup center/guard B.J. Finney (back) and backup guard/tackle Joe Haeg (COVID-19).
Miller has played in one game since joining the Steelers, catching one pass for two yards at Cincinnati on Nov. 28. Starting receiver Chase Claypool has been limited in practice while playing through a toe injury in recent weeks.