The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed former Denver Broncos and North Dakota State linebacker Derrek Tuszka to their practice squad, the team announced on Wednesday. The news was first reported by Mike Klis of 9News in Denver.
Tuszka, 24, was as seventh-round pick of the Broncos in the 2020 NFL Draft. He was waived after training camp last summer and spent the season on the Denver practice squad.
He was elevated from the practice squad twice and then promoted to the active roster on Sept. 30, and then missed time while on the injured reserve with a hamstring injury. He played in nine games in total as a rookie, making six tackles, one for a loss.
Tuszka is a South Dakota native and played collegiately for five years at North Dakota State, where he won four national titles and was a unanimous FCS All-American in 2019.
The Steelers also signed defensive end Daniel Archibong, wide receiver Rico Bussey, running back Trey Edmunds, cornerback Mark Gilbert, tackle Chaz Green, safety Karl Joseph, offensive lineman John Leglue, outside linebacker Christian Miller, guard Malcolm Pridgeon, tight end Kevin Rader, running back Jaylen Samuels, wide receiver Steven Sims, safety Donovan Stiner and wide receiver Cody White.