The Steelers waived injured cornerback Brian Allen on Tuesday and claimed cornerback Jhavonte Dean on waivers from the Cleveland Browns.
Allen, 25, was the Steelers’ fifth-round draft pick in 2017 and has played in 16 games over the last two seasons, recording three tackles. At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Allen worked primarily as a backup outside cornerback.
He was battling third-round pick Justin Layne for a spot in the Steelers top four (and likely a 53-man roster spot) before he suffered an injury that caused him to miss the team’s Week 3 preseason game at Tennessee.
Dean, 23, originally joined the Browns this May as an undrafted free agent out of Miami. He played in all three preseason games with Cleveland and made three tackles.
If Allen goes unclaimed on waivers, he will revert to the Steelers’ injured reserve list.