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Steelers sign OLB Jayrone Elliott to their 91-man preseason roster

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With the season ending-injury to Lavon Hooks, the Steelers use the vacated roster spot for depth at outside linebacker

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The Steeler have signed former Green Bay Packers’ outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott to their 91-man roster on Thursday.

Out of the University of Toledo, Elliott signed as an undrafted free agent with Green Bay in 2014. Over three seasons with the Packers, Elliott appeared in 38 games and tallied 47 tackles, one fumble, one interception, and four sacks. Traded to the Dallas Cowboys at the end of the preseason in 2017 for a seventh-round draft pick, Elliott only lasted two games on the roster before being released by the Cowboys.

Elliott signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2018, but failed to make the 53 man roster. With three accrued NFL seasons, Elliott was no longer eligible for the practice squad. Earlier in 2019, Elliot signed in the off-season with the Miami Dolphins but was released prior to training camp.

In his four years at Toledo, Elliot amassed 70 tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery. Elliot also tallied 16 sacks in his career, nine of which came during his senior season in 2013.

While he joins former Toledo Rockets Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, Tuzar Skipper, and Diontae Johnson on the current Steelers roster, Elliott had already entered the NFL before any of his fellow former Rockets had arrived at Toledo.

Elliott joins the Steelers after the unfortunate season-ending Achilles injury to Levon Hooks who was waived/injured on Thursday. Once Hooks clears waivers, an injury settlement will be forthcoming from the Steelers.

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