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Steelers Release former XFL OL Anthony Coyle

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The Steelers have released reserve offensive lineman Anthony Coyle, the team announced on Saturday.

Coyle signed with the Steelers on April 16 after playing for the New York Guardians in the XFL this spring. The Fordham alum played mostly guard for the Steelers after playing tackle at the FCS level.

Coyle started the 2019 season in training camp with the Green Bay Packers. He was released on Sept. 1 and spent two weeks on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad in November before joining the Guardians at the end of the NFL season.

In four seasons with the Rams, the Staten Island native was a four-year starter, playing his final three seasons at left tackle after playing as a freshman at right tackle. Coyle was a two-time All-Patriot League selection.

Coyle is the 17th player to be released by the Steelers since the end of training camp on Friday, joining cornerback Trajan Bandy, defensive end Henry Mondeaux, defensive tackle Cavon Walker, offensive lineman Christian DiLauro, Derwin Gray and John Keenoy outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper, punter Corliss Waitman, quarterback Paxton Lynch, running backs Trey Edmunds, Wendell Smallwood and Kerrith Whyte, Jr., tight end Kyle Markway,and wide receivers Deon Cain,  Saeed BlacknallRyan Switzer and DeAndre Thompkins.

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Steelers Host P Jordan Berry, LB Ray Wilborn for Free Agent Visits

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The Steelers hosted former punter Jordan Berry and linebacker Ray Wilborn for free agent visits on Monday, according to the NFL transactions report.

Berry, 29, was the Steelers primary punter from 2015-19 before being released just before the start of the 2020 season and replaced by veteran Dustin Colquitt.

Berry has averaged 44.2 yards per punt in his NFL career and averaged 45.5 yards per kick in 2019. Colquitt has averaged 43.1 yards per punt with the Steelers, the second-lowest average in his 16-year NFL career.

The Steelers originally signed the Australian Berry as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Kentucky in 2015, and he beat out incumbent Brad Wing, who was traded to the New York Giants.

In addition to Colquitt, the Steelers have also had rookie free agent Corliss Waitman on their practice squad all season.

Wilborn is a rookie that was with the Atlanta Falcons this offseason after signing as a free agent out of Ball State. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Wilborn played both safety and linebacker for the Cardinals, but projected to be a linebacker in the NFL.

He started 12 games at outside linebacker in his junior year and 12 games at safety in his senior year at Ball State after spending two seasons at Garden City (Ks.) Community College. Wilborn is a Lansing, Michigan native.

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Injured Steelers OL Stefen Wisniewski Returns to Practice, Remains on IR

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Steelers offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski returned to practice on Wednesday, but remains on the team’s injured reserve as the team began the process of returning him to the active roster.

Wisniewski suffered a pectoral injury during the Steelers’ season opener against the New York Giants and has missed each of the team’s last three games.

Three games is the minimum amount of time that player can spend on injured reserve before being reactivated, in a rule change for the 2020 season. Now that Wisniewski has begun practicing, the Steelers have 21 days to either reinstate him to the active roster or return him to the injured reserve for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Wisniewski’s return from injury would come at a good time for the Steelers, as starting center Maurkice Pouncey and starting right guard David DeCastro are both expected to miss practice time this week with injuries.

The Steelers signed Wisniewski to a two-year contract this offseason from the Kansas City Chiefs in order to serve as the team’s primary backup at both center and guard.

While Wisniewski was injured, rookie guard Kevin Dotson played at right guard while DeCastro missed time and first-year center J.C. Hassenauer filled in for Pouncey.

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Chase Claypool Named AFC Offensive Player of the Week

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Steelers rookie wide receiver Chase Clayool has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week, officially recognizing his phenomenal performance on Sunday.

Claypool scored 4 total touchdowns, 3 receptions and 1 on the ground, against the Eagles, which set a new Steelers record by a rookie in a single game.

The Notre Dame product has quickly emerged as not only one of the best rookies in a class that included 10 other receivers being drafted ahead of him, but also one of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s favorite targets. Claypool even talked about Roethlisberger anticipating his big game.

In his the first four games of his NFL career, Claypool has caught 13 balls for 261 yards and scored 4 touchdowns. With Roethlisberger’s propensity to spread the ball around and teammate Diontae Johnson’s health continuing to be in question, it would not be surprising if this AFC Offensive Player of the Week is simply just the first individual honor he receives this season.

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