The Pittsburgh Steelers will release center Ryan McCollum, according to a report by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN
McCollum, 24, joined the Steelers late in training camp on Aug. 16 after being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Lions as the Steelers made an attempt to revamp their third-team offensive line late in training camp. He was one of two healthy players that did not make an appearance in the preseason finale against the Lions on Sunday.
McCollum was undrafted out of Texas A&M in 2021, signed with the Houston Texans and made it onto their practice squad. McCollum signed from the Texans practice squad by the Detroit Lions last October.
Throughout the rest of the season, McCollum remained on Detroit’s active roster. He played in 13 games and made one start, against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 12. He also saw significant playing time against the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 9.
This season, he was released on the second cut-down date during training camp and claimed by the Steelers.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound center was a four year starter for Aggies, becoming captain for the team in five games during the 2020 season.
The Steelers have until 4 p.m. on Tuesday to get down to a 53-man roster. The team has already reportedly released cornerback Linden Stephens, tight end Jace Sternberger, outside linebacker Ron’Dell Carter, offensive lineman John Leglue, defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux and tackle Adrian Ealy. Players that clear waivers can start to be added to the practice squad on Wednesday.