The Pittsburgh Steelers have protected four players from their practice squad from being signed by another NFL team this week, according to the NFL transactions page from Tuesday.
The Steelers protected outside linebacker Taco Charlton, tackle Chaz Green, strong safety Karl Joseph and wide receiver Cody White.
Green and White were both activated from the practice squad for the Steelers’ Week 4 game in Green Bay.
It was the second such activation for White. He played just three snaps against the Packers after making two catches in his NFL debut against Cincinnati in Week 3. White cannot be called back up to the active roster from the practice squad without clearing a spot on the 53-man roster again.
Green played one snap of special teams in Green Bay in his Pittsburgh debut. The Steelers played without both starting tackles, with Zach Banner (knee) and Chukwuma Okorafor (concussion) replaced by Dan Moore Jr. and Joe Haeg.
Charlton and Joseph, both former first-round draft picks, have been protected previously by the Steelers, but have not yet been activated for a game from the practice squad.
Players that are not protected can be signed by another other team from the practice squad, except the teams the Steelers are facing in the next two weeks.