Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Stephon Tuitt has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the team’s win over the Baltimore Ravens last weekend.
Tuitt was dominant on Sunday, recording nine total tackles, two sacks, three tackles-for-loss and three quarterback hurries.
This is the first time Tuitt has been awarded the weekly honor. He is the second Steeler defender to win the award. Outside linebacker T.J. Watt was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week in Week Two.
Selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame, Tuitt has spent his entire seven-year career in Pittsburgh. He has 29.5 career sacks and 44 tackles-for-loss.
Steelers Place RB Trey Edmunds on Injured Reserve
The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed running back Trey Edmunds on the injured reserve list, the team announced on Thursday.
Edmunds missed the team’s Week 11 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars with a hamstring injury and had not practiced in any of the teams sessions this week.
He will have to remain on the injured reserve list for three weeks before he’s eligible to return.
The Steelers re-signed Edmunds on Nov. 10 after having waived him earlier this season.
Edmunds has been active for four games for the Steelers this season and played in three. He’s played seven snaps on offense and 20 snaps on special teams. He has not recorded any statistics.
Edmunds was placed on the injured reserve list in order to make room for title and Vance McDonald, whose roster exemption expired after he returned from the COVID-19 reserve list earlier in the week. The Steelers’ active roster now stands 53 players.
Steelers Activate Vance McDonald, Make Roster Moves
The Pittsburgh Steelers have activated tight end Vance McDonald off of the Reserve/COVID-19 list, one of multiple roster moves made Tuesday.
McDonald had been sidelined since Nov. 10, testing positive for the virus a day after Pittsburgh’s win in Dallas. He has nine catches for 61 yards on the year.
The Steelers also signed tight end Kevin Rader to active roster and added long snapper and linebacker Christian Kuntz to the team’s practice squad.
Both Pittsburgh natives, Rader attended Pine Richland, while Kuntz is a Chartiers Valley product who played his college ball at Duquesne.
Rader was originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Youngstown State by the Green Bay Packers in 2018, but has spent this season and last on the Steelers’ practice squad.
Kuntz has spent training camp with Pittsburgh the last two seasons, but has also seen time with the Denver Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars. He had a tryout with the Steelers last week.
Lastly, Pittsburgh placed tight end Zach Gentry on the Reserve/Injured list. He suffered a left knee sprain early in Pittsburgh’s victory over the Jaguars last weekend. He had seen action in just two games this season, and has one career reception.
We’ve made roster moves:— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 24, 2020
• Signed TE Kevin Rader to the active roster
• Signed LB/LS Christian Kuntz to the practice squad
• Placed TE Zach Gentry on the Reserve/Injured List
• Activated TE Vance McDonald from the Reserve/COVID-19 List@BordasLawhttps://t.co/OCmBYQHPRF
Steelers Workout Trio of Specialists Wednesday
The Pittsburgh Steelers worked out a trio of specialists on Wednesday – long snapper and linebacker Christian Kuntz, punter Branden Wright and kicker Matthew Wright.
Steelers working out Christian Kuntz, Brandon Wright, Matthew Wright— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 18, 2020
Kuntz has spent practice squad and offseason time with five clubs over his career, including Pittsburgh twice over the last two seasons. He was waived on Aug. 2 after spending training camp with the Steelers earlier this year.
A local product, Kuntz attended Chartiers Valley and played his college ball at Duquesne. He also played for the Dallas Renegades of the XFL in 2019.
Matthew Wright signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft and spent training camp with Pittsburgh two seasons ago, but did not make the final 53-man roster.
Wright made 55 of 71 field goals over four seasons in Orlando. He also hit 210 of 213 extra points during his collegiate career.
A rookie out of Georgia State, Brandon Wright originally signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. He handled punting and kicking duties for the Panthers, averaging 43.3 yards a punt for his career and making 32 of 54 field goals.
After starting the season on the Jaguars’ practice squad, he was elevated to the active roster against the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 to replace injured kicker Josh Lambo. He hit two extra points, but injured his groin and was waived off injured reserve a few days later.