In order to make room on the 53-man roster for the trade of Minkah Fitzpatrick, the Steelers have placed safety Sean Davis on the Reserved/Injured List
Steelers place safety Sean Davis (shoulder) on Injured Reserve, add QB Paxton Lunch to the practice squad. Minkah Fitzpatrick will slide right into the free safety spot.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) September 17, 2019
Drafted in the second round in 2016, Davis has started 41 games for the Steelers in his three-plus years on the team. During his time, Davis has 244 tackles, five interceptions, and 2.5 sacks.
After missing Week 1 of 2019 due to injury, Davis played 55 defensive snaps in Week 2 before leaving with a shoulder injury which has now landed him on the injured reserve list. Since Davis was on the roster, he would be eligible to return after eight weeks if the Steelers choose to bring him back and if he is healthy enough to play. Teams are no longer required to designate which player can return when placed on the injured reserve list.
With Davis out, the newly acquired Minkah Fitzpatrick appears to be the next person to slide into the free safety position as long as he can get acclimated enough to play this coming week in San Francisco. Fitzpatrick was the 11th overall pick in the 2018 draft and already has two interceptions in 18 NFL games.
With the promotion of Devlin Hodges to the 53 man roster on Monday, the Steelers had an open spot on the practice squad. In order to fill the third quarterback position, the Steelers have signed QB Paxton Lynch.
Drafted 26th overall by the Denver Broncos in the 2016 draft, Lynch only started four games for the Broncos before being released in 2018. In his two seasons in Denver, Lynch threw four touchdowns and four interceptions with a 1-3 record as a starter. Lynch spent this past off-season as a part of the Seattle Seahawks preseason roster.