The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed linebacker Sutton Smith to their practice squad and released running back Darrin Hall on Tuesday.
Smith, the Steelers’ sixth-round draft pick out of Northern Illinois in the 2019 NFL Draft, had been signed back to the practice squad for one day last week, before being released again favor of Hall.
They’ll now once again switch places as the Steelers experienced a pair of injuries at the outside linebacker position on Sunday. Backup Anthony Chickillo suffered a rib cartilage injury and third-stringer Ola Adeniyi suffered a hip injury in the Steelers’ 17-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.
That leaves the Steelers with just two healthy outside linebackers for practice in the days leading up to their Thursday night game against the Cleveland Browns.
Meanwhile, the running back crunch that precipitated the signing of Hall has lessened. Trey Edmunds, who was held out of practice for much of last week, returned to action on Sunday and starter James Conner is expected to return to action against the Browns.
Smith played defensive end at NIU and the Steelers used him as a Swiss Army knife through minicamp and training camp, working him at outside linebacker, fullback and on special teams.
The Steelers are also missing regular fullback Rosie Nix, who missed his seventh game of the season with a re-aggravated knee injury on Sunday.