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Steelers Sign LB Jay Elliott, Add QB Devlin Hodges to Practice Squad

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The Steelers have signed veteran linebacker Jay Elliott to their 53-man roster and added quarterback Devlin Hodges to their practice squad, the team announced on Tuesday.

Elliott, 27, spent the final part of training camp with the Steelers after injuries affected the team’s depth at outside linebacker, and made an impact in his lone preseason game, with this impressive sack, fumble, scoop and score against the Carolina Panthers.

A 6-foot-3, 255-pound Toledo alum, Elliott entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay in 2014 and spent three years with the Packers and one with the Dallas Cowboys. He played for San Antonio in the AAF this spring.

He has 47 career tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, two passes defended, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.

Hodges, 23, joined the Steelers as a try-out out of Samford during rookie minicamp and won a spot on the 90-man roster. From there, the former FCS All-American played well enough in the preseason to put pressure on Josh Dobbs for the third-string job.

Dobbs was traded to Jacksonville on Monday. The Steelers had an open spot on their practice squad after Johnny Holton was promoted to the active roster late last week and outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper was waived. Skipper was claimed on waivers by the New York Giants on Monday.

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Steelers Re-Sign WR Anthony Johnson to Practice Squad; Release WR Amara Darboh

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The Steelers have re-signed wide receiver Anthony Johnson to their practice squad and released wide receiver Amara Darboh.

Johnson, 25, is in his second professional season out of Buffalo. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver spent the 2020 offseason with the Steelers before suffering a knee injury in training camp.

He was waived/injured by the team on Aug. 27, cleared waivers and reverted to the injured reserve list on Aug. 28, and was waived from the IR with an injury settlement on Sept. 4.

Teams cannot re-sign players that they’ve reached an injury settlement with for at least three weeks longer than the term of the settlement, which is not publicly disclosed.

The Steelers originally signed Johnson to a reserve/future contract on Jan. 8. He spent the 2019 preseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and then on the practice squad of the Los Angeles Chargers.

In two seasons at Buffalo, Johnson caught 133 passes for 2,367 yards and 25 touchdowns. He led the MAC in receiving yards per game in his junior season.

Darboh joined the Steelers mid-year in 2019 after spending time with the Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was a third-round pick of the Seahawks in 2017.

The Steelers initially signed him to their practice squad on Nov. 18, 2019, then he was promoted to the active roster on Dec. 16, 2019, but did not play in a game. He returned to the Steelers for 2020, was waived at the end of training camp and re-signed to the practice squad.

When Diontae Johnson was injured earlier this season and missed time, the Steelers elevated fellow practice squad receiver Deon Cain ahead of Darboh.

The Steelers’ 16-man practice squad and 53-man roster are both full after the transactions.

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Steelers Sign P Jordan Berry, Elevate Trey Edmunds, Jayrone Elliott from Practice Squad

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The Steelers officially signed veteran punter Jordan Berry, who previously punted for Pittsburgh from 2015 to 2020, and elevated two players from the practice squad.

Berry came in for a visit this past week after the Steelers released veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, who was signed to replace Berry right before the start of the regular season.

Despite the team’s 5-0 record, Mike Tomlin hinted Colquitt’s struggles could trigger a change at punter.

In other news, running back Trey Edmunds and linebacker Jayrone Elliott have both been elevated from the practice squad ahead of the team’s Week 7 game in Tennessee against the Titans. This marks the second time Edmunds has been elevated from the practice squad this season.

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Report: Steelers to Sign, Bring Back Punter Jordan Berry

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The Steelers are expected to sign Jordan Berry, according to Field Yates. Berry did come in for a visit with the team this past week.

This report comes after the Steelers released veteran punter Dustin Colquitt, who was signed right before the start of the regular season. Berry, who punted for Pittsburgh from 2015-1019, would be replacing the man who was brought in to replace him. Berry’s contract was terminated following the signing of Colquitt.

Despite the team’s 5-0 record, Mike Tomlin hinted Colquitt’s struggles could trigger a change at punter before the team’s Sunday road game against the Titans.

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