The Pittsburgh Steelers have promoted center Patrick Morris to the 53-man roster to replace Maurkice Pouncey who was put on the Reserved/Suspended by Commissioner List.
Undrafted out of Texas Christian University in 2018, Morris spent all of last season on the Steelers practice squad. Not originally signed following the draft, Morris got a try out with the Steelers at rookie mini camp which turned into a spot on the off-season 90-man roster. Morris was then signed to the practice squad again in 2019 for the Steelers. If active, Sunday will be Morris’s first NFL regular season game. It is highly likely Morris will be active on Sunday as he will be the sole backed up to center B.J. Finney.
Morris’s promotion was a result of the final verdict of Maurkice Pouncey’s suspension and appeal from the Week 11 incident with the Cleveland Browns. Pouncey’s suspension was reduced from three games to two, causing him to miss the next two AFC North matchup’s with the Cincinnati Bengals and yet again with the Cleveland Browns.
With the promotion of Morris, the Steelers had another practice squad position available to bring back tight end Kevin Rader. On and off the practice squad all season, Rader is in his second year out of Youngstown State.
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