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Steelers Sign former Bengals WR Josh Malone to Practice Squad

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The Pittsburgh Steelers signed wide receiver Josh Malone and re-signed running back Jason Huntley to the practice squad, the team announced on Tuesday.

Huntley is in his second stint on the Steelers’ practice squad. He was originally signed on Sept. 2 and was released on Oct. 12 as the Steelers added an additional defensive back to their practice squad.

Huntley was a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft out of New Mexico State. He started his career with the Lions, but was released before the first preseason game. Shortly thereafter, he caught on with the Philadelphia Eagles and he had been with the team since 2020. However, he was released on Tuesday during the final rounds of cutdowns.

Over his years with the Eagles, Huntley put up 18 rushes for 70 yards. He also registered five kick returns for 120 yards over those two seasons. The connection here for the Steelers and Huntley is Andy Weidl. It is likely that Weidl facilitated this moving occurring and the Steelers now have two running backs on their practice squad with Huntley and Anthony McFarland Jr.

Malone, 26, was a fourth-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals out of Tennessee in 2017 and spent two seasons with Cincinnati, playing in 20 games, and then appeared in six games with the New York Jets in 2019 and 2020.

Since then, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound receiver spent time with the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.

Malone’s best statistical season came in 2017, when he caught six passes for 63 yards and one touchdown. In his career, he has 11 catches for 91 yards and one touchdown.

The Steelers had one vacancy on their practice squad after promoting Josh Jackson to the 53-man roster  over the weekend. To make room for the second roster move on Tuesday, the club released strong safety Scott Nelson. Nelson was added to the practice squad on Oct. 4 and did not appear in a game in his time in Pittsburgh.

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