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Steelers Re-Sign RB Trey Edmunds

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The Steelers have re-signed running back Trey Edmunds to their active roster, the team announced on Tuesday.

Edmunds had been with the Steelers for the entire 2020 season until he was released late last week in part to make room for recently acquired linebacker Avery Williamson.

The Steelers also appeared to no longer have a need for Edmunds, who was promoted from the practice squad to help replaced injured fullback Derek Watt, who has missed extensive time with a hamstring strain.

Watt was not on the team’s injury report heading into the team’s Week 9 game at Dallas, but was a late scratch due to a flare-up of the injury. Head coach Mike Tomlin said that there is a chance Watt could return this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Edmunds, 25, brings the ability to play both running back and fullback and significant special teams experience. Tomlin expressed his displeasure with the Steelers’ special teams performance against Dallas multiple times.

In three seasons with Pittsburgh, Edmunds has played in 18 games and recorded 22 carries for 92 yards and caught six passes for another 48 yards. He played 210 snaps of special teams for the Steelers in 2019, which was sixth-most on the team. He recorded six tackles and an interception on a fake punt.

Edmunds took the place of tight end Vance McDonald, who was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list on Monday. The Steelers have multiple open spots remaining on their 53-man roster after placing four more players on the COVID-19 list on Tuesday, including running back Jaylen Samuels. Edmunds should be able to practice with the team this week if he remained in Pittsburgh and continued taking part in testing after being released.

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Steelers Workout Trio of Specialists Wednesday

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The Pittsburgh Steelers worked out a trio of specialists on Wednesday – long snapper and linebacker Christian Kuntz, punter Branden Wright and kicker Matthew Wright.

Kuntz has spent practice squad and offseason time with five clubs over his career, including Pittsburgh twice over the last two seasons. He was waived on Aug. 2 after spending training camp with the Steelers earlier this year.

A local product, Kuntz attended Chartiers Valley and played his college ball at Duquesne. He also played for the Dallas Renegades of the XFL in 2019.

Matthew Wright signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft and spent training camp with Pittsburgh two seasons ago, but did not make the final 53-man roster.

Wright made 55 of 71 field goals over four seasons in Orlando. He also hit 210 of 213 extra points during his collegiate career.

A rookie out of Georgia State, Brandon Wright originally signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. He handled punting and kicking duties for the Panthers, averaging 43.3 yards a punt for his career and making 32 of 54 field goals.

After starting the season on the Jaguars’ practice squad, he was elevated to the active roster against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 to replace injured kicker Josh Lambo. He hit two extra points, but injured his groin and was waived off injured reserve a few days later.

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Steelers Sign TE Charles Jones to Practice Squad, Release LB Ryan Wilborn

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed tight end Charles Jones to their practice squad and released linebacker Ryan Wilborn, the team announced Tuesday.

Undrafted out of Tulane in 2019, Jones signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season. He began the season as a member of the practice squad, but was promoted to the active roster and appeared in four games.

Jones began the 2020 season with Jacksonville as well, but was waived in September. He was also briefly a member of the Buffalo Bills’ practice squad earlier this season.

Jones caught 61 passes for 460 yards and eight touchdowns for the Green Wave over four seasons.

Wilborn was signed to the Steelers’ practice squad back on Oct. 23. A rookie that went undrafted out of Ball State, he initially signing with the Atlanta Falcons as a free agent this offseason.

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Steelers Place Kevin Dotson on COVID-19 List, Activate Antoine Brooks Jr.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed rookie guard Kevin Dotson on the Reserve/COVID-19 list ahead of Sunday’s matchup with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dotson missed practice on Friday with an illness. It is not known if he tested positive for the virus, but the Steelers did receive criticism a week ago when tight end Vance McDonald travelled and played against the Dallas Cowboys after sitting with an illness on Nov. 6. The move could be out of an abundance of caution.

The news comes the same day as Pittsburgh activated four players off the Reserve/COVID-19 list, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, after they all were identified as having had contact with McDonald. Dotson’s placement on the list could preempt further designation due to contact tracing.

Dotson was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Louisiana. He has played in all eight games this season and made two starts.

In a corresponding move, the Steelers activated safety Antoine Brooks Jr. off of the practice squad, adding the rookie to the 53-man roster to replace Dotson.

Brooks Jr. was selected in the sixth round of this year’s draft out of Maryland.

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