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



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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