The Steelers agreed to try out five players on Monday, including former Steelers linebacker Jayrone Elliott and former West Virginia long snapper Rex Sunahara, according to the NFL transactions page.
Elliott played five games with the Steelers last season, making four tackles. The 28-year old spent the previous four seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Elliott’s workout at Heinz Field is scheduled for Wednesday after two days of quarantine and COVID-19 testing, he told Steelers Now.
Sunahara is a rookie out of WVU that spent two seasons as the Mountaineers’ starting long snapper. He spent time with the Miami Dolphins earlier this month.
Also on the tryout list are former Findlay guard Andrew Dickinson, former Ohio State long snapper Liam McCullough and San Diego State linebacker Kyahva Tezino. Dickinson is a rookie that was with the Arizona Cardinals previously. McCullough spent time with the Las Vegas Raiders this summer. Tezino is a rookie that has been with the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers already this offseason.
The Steelers suffered an injury to long snapper Kameron Canaday in practice on Saturday, though he returned to work on Monday. Starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree was injured on Monday, while inside linebacker Robert Spillane worked back from a finger injury. The Steelers’ biggest sore spot so far in camp has been interior offensive line, where David DeCastro practiced for the first time on Monday, Maurkice Pouncey has missed time while dealing with a death in the family and Kevin Dotson has missed a week with a knee injury.
Steelers Re-Sign WR Anthony Johnson to Practice Squad; Release WR Amara Darboh
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.
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.
Steelers Sign P Jordan Berry, Elevate Trey Edmunds, Jayrone Elliott from Practice Squad
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.
Report: Steelers to Sign, Bring Back Punter Jordan Berry
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.