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Steelers place Justin Hunter on injured reserve and sign Matthew Thomas to the practice squad

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The Steelers made several roster moves on Tuesday that also included promoting running back Trey Edmunds to the 53-man roster.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers made a series of roster moves on Tuesday that appears to have begun with placing Justin Hunter on injured reserve, ending his season for 2018. As is always the way, one man’s misfortune is another man’s opportunity, and he has been replaced on the active roster by running back Trey Edmunds from the practice squad.

The Steelers also announced the signing of Matthew Thomas to the practice squad, who was released on Saturday to make room for Ola Adeniyi and confirmed the release of fellow linebacker Farrington Huguenin.

Having picked up a shoulder injury in the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, Hunter will end the year with just 3 receptions for 21-yards and another season of missed opportunities. His loss should also be James Washington’s gain.

The promotion of Edmunds, the older brother of rookie safety Terrell Edmunds, suggests the Steelers might have concerns about the availability of James Conner in Week 14 and he might even see some snaps on Sunday if Conner cannot play.

After clearing waivers on Monday, it was no surprise to see the Steelers move quickly to re-sign Thomas and he may yet return to the active roster before the year is out if there are injuries to any of the names ahead of him.