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Steelers Sign Explosive Running Back



Steelers RB Anthony McFarland
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Anthony McFarland Jr. catches the ball in warmups on Nov. 12, 2023. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed running back Anthony McFarland Jr. to the practice squad after releasing him last Thursday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 in Houston reports. 

McFarland, 24, has played in three games this season and caught two passes for 11 yards. He also started the season as the team’s primary kickoff returner, averaging 27.3 yards per return on six kicks. 

But after a knee injury sidelined him for a significant portion of the season, McFarland was unable to win that job back from Godwin Igwebuike, a safety-turned-running back that has also been a positive contributor on coverage units. Igwebuike has averaged 25.1 yards per kickoff return.

Igwebuike is now the only backup behind co-starters Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren on the 53-man roster, and the Steelers do not currently have a running back on their practice squad.

The Steelers’ fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, McFarland has been with the club his entire career, but he has been released before. He was waived coming out of training camp in 2022, was re-signed to the practice squad, and spent that entire season on that unit before returning for 2023.

McFarland cleared waivers after being released, and thus, he is now back with the team as the only running back on the practice squad. Pittsburgh used his spot to add Elijah Riley and Kyron Johnson to the 53-man roster.