The Steelers released punter Dustin Colquitt on Friday, just five games into his tenure as the team’s punter, as part of a series of roster moves.
The team also placed linebacker Devin Bush on the injured reserve list, promoted defensive end Henry Mondeaux from the practice squad and signed rookie free agent linebacker Ray Wilborn to the practice squad.
Colquitt was signed to replace incumbent starter Jordan Berry at in between the end of training camp and the start of the regular season, but through five games, he had the worst net punting average in the NFL.
“I acknowledge that our punting is not up to snuff and that we have to get better in that area, and we are willing to do whatever is required in an effort to do so,” head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday.
It’s not clear who the Steelers plan to replace Colquitt with at this time. They hosted Berry for a free-agent visit this week. They could also call up rookie punter Corliss Waitman from the practice squad.
Bush underwent surgery on Wednesday on his ACL and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2020 season. He will be replaced at inside linebacker by second-year backup Robert Spillane.
Mondeaux, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound defensive end out of Oregon, originally signed with the Steelers in May 2019 and spent all of the 2019 season on the team’s practice squad. He re-signed for 2020, and was once again placed on the practice squad before the start of the regular season.
Wilborn visited the Steelers on Monday. A 6-foot-4, 225-pound rookie out of Ball State, Wilborn played both safety and linebacker for the Cardinals, but projected to be a linebacker in the NFL. He spent training camp with the Atlanta Falcons.
With the moves, the Steelers still have one open spot on their 53-man roster and can call up as many as two players from the practice squad to play against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
Waitman could be one of those players, as could running back Trey Edmunds, who could once again be asked to replace injured fullback Derek Watt.