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Steelers Re-Sign G Rashaad Coward to Practice Squad

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Dealing with a number of injuries at the position, the Steelers have re-signed guard Rashaad Coward to their practice squad.

Coward, 27, spent the entire offseason with the Steelers after joining the team as a free agent. He was with the Chicago Bears for his first four NFL seasons.

The Steelers released Coward right before the start of the season, then re-signed him in a roster management move. They then released him again on Oct. 9. Coward did not play in a game with the Steelers.

After being cut by the Steelers, the Jaguars signed Coward on Oct. 12, but he was released by Jacksonville on Oct. 21 and has been a free agent since.

Starting Steelers left guard Kevin Dotson is on injured reserve and will miss at least two more weeks with a high ankle sprain. Backup J.C. Hassenauer was injured early against the Los Angeles Chargers and is questionable to play this week while dealing with a pectoral issue, head coach Mike Tomlin said.

Joe Haeg moved from reserve tackle to guard to fill in for Hassenauer. B.J. Finney is also an option at guard from the team’s active roster. On the practice squad, Malcolm Pridgeon is a guard and John Leglue can play all five offensive line positions.

But neither of those players has the level of experience of Coward, who has 15 NFL starts and 30 games played in his career.

Coward took the place of tight end Kevin Rader on the practice squad. Rader was promoted to the active roster.

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