The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 91-man preseason roster seems to be a roller coaster up until the day when cut downs happen this Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. What I mean by that is how the Steelers have parted ways with Brian Allen, who was waived injured, and were awarded Jhavonte Dean off the waiver wire after he was released by the Cleveland Browns.
The shock here is the release of Allen. Allen survived two years of cut downs, and the hope was he could be the versatile defensive back who could play both cornerback and safety. However, according to Ray Fittipialdo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Allen injured his ankle last week in practice which resulted in the recent transaction.
The Steelers were awarded CB Jhavonte Dean off waivers. He was released by the Browns. To make room for Dean the Steelers waives/injured CB Brian Allen, who injured his ankle in practice last week.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) August 27, 2019
Dean is a rookie who registered there interceptions for the University of Miami last season, and while he might be a long shot to make the team, he certainly could stick around as a practice squad player if the Steelers see enough potential in him and his future.
There isn’t much more time left to impress coaches as all NFL teams will wrap up their preseason in Week 4 on Thursday night. For the Steelers this means a trip to play the Carolina Panthers, so be sure to stick with BTSC as we provide the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as the regular season inches closer.