The Pittsburgh Steelers have released outside linebacker Hamilcar Rashed Jr. from the team’s practice squad.
Rashed had been on the practice squad injured reserve list since Sept. 7 after suffering a significant lower-body injury in practice.
The Steelers originally claimed Rashed off waivers from the New York Jets on Aug. 10 and he seemed to be put into a position to make the team as a backup edge rusher. He had four tackles and a sack in two preseason games after joining Pittsburgh.
But when the Steelers traded for Malik Reed at the end of training camp, Rashed’s spot on the 53-man roster never materialized. He wold have likely been in the mix to help replace T.J. Watt from the practice squad, as both Delontae Scott and Ryan Anderson were practice squad call-ups at that position in the wake of Watt’s injury, but Rashed was injured the week before Watt.
Now healthy enough to come off the practice squad injured reserve list, the Steelers would have needed to make a spot for Rashed on their 16-man squad. Instead, they chose to release him.
David Anenih is the lone outside linebacker on the practice squad, with Reed and Jamir Jones serving as backups to Watt and Alex Highsmith on the 53-man roster.
Rashed originally joined the the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State in 2021. He was released after training camp and spent the entire season on the New York practice squad before re-singing for 2022. He was waived by the Jets on Aug. 8.
The 6-foot-2, 251-pound edge rusher played in one game while elevated from the Jets practice squad in 2021, playing 18 snaps, 16 on defense, and recording one tackle.