The Pittsburgh Steelers will release defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux, according to a report by Aaron Wilson of Pro Football Network.
Mondeaux has been with the team since 2019 and has been a solid contributor in each of the last two seasons. After spending all of 2019 on the practice squad, he played in 11 games in 2020 and 15 games in 2021 while making two starts.
Over two seasons of action, he had 21 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, two sacks, four quarterback hits and a fumble recovery. Slightly undersized for the Steelers defensive line at 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, Mondeaux made use of his speed instead and played a good amount of special teams snaps compared to most defensive linemen.
Mondeaux was also released at the end of training camp last season, cleared waivers and was added to the practice squad. He was promoted from the practice squad on Sept. 20 after an injury to Tyson Alualu and remained on the active roster the remainder of the season.
Mondeaux originally signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2018 and spent one season on the Saints’ practice squad. He signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2019, but was released mid-summer and caught on with the Steelers.
A Portland, Oregon native, Mondeaux played at Oregon from 2014-17, amassing 111 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks in his time with the Ducks.
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 and offensive lineman John Leglue.
Players that clear waivers can start to be added to the practice squad on Wednesday.