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Steelers promote RB Tony Brooks-James from the practice squad for Sunday’s game against the Colts

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With Benny Snell out and James Conner unlikely to play, Brooks-James will add depth to the running backs

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With only two healthy running backs and one questionable fullback for Sunday’s game, the Steelers have promoted Tony Brooks-James from the practice squad.

With Benny Snell Jr. already ruled out from knee surgery and James Conner listed as doubtful, the Steelers needed another pair of legs just in case players get banged up against the Colts. The Steelers have not had a doubtful player active on game day since the NFL changed injury designations in 2016. To make things worse, fullback Roosevelt Nix was limited in practice Friday it is questionable for the game. Add in one final concern of Jaylen Samuels returning from his first game after knee surgery and looking to get the start, the Steelers needed to make sure they had enough depth at the position for Sunday.

Running back Tony Brooks-James was promoted after spending three weeks on the Steelers practice squad. Undrafted out of Oregon, running back Brooks-James spent the 2019 preseason with the Atlanta Falcons before landing on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad. He was released by the Buccaneers in early October.

In order to make room on the active roster, the Steelers have released wide receiver Donte Moncrief. Signed in the off-season for a two-year deal for $9 million, Moncrief has only four receptions for 18 yards on 15 targets in five games played in 2019. By releasing Moncrief, the Steelers are now back in line to receive a compensatory draft pick for the 2020 draft, most likely in the third round.

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