On Tuesday the Pittsburgh Steelers made a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for tight end Nick Vannett in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round draft pick. As a result of the trade, the Steelers announced they have placed TE Xavier Grimble on the Reserved/Injured List.
We have placed TE Xavier Grimble on the Reserve/Injured List.@BordasLaw TRANSACTION: https://t.co/tdUw6YWfqC pic.twitter.com/ocuEEMvRGV— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 25, 2019
Undrafted out of the University of Southern California, Grimble signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 2014. Spending time on the practice squads of the 49ers and New England Patriots, the Steelers added Grimble as a practice squad player early in the 2015 season.
After making the Steelers 53-man roster, Grimble played sparingly in 13 games in 2016 yet recorded two touchdowns. Grimble added another touchdown in 2017 for a total of three in his career. The most famous non-touchdown for the tight end came last season in Denver when he fumbled the ball at the goal line resulting in a touch back.
In 2019, Grimble only had one reception on two targets for 3 yards. During Week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks, Grimble also filled in at fullback due to the injury of Roosevelt Nix. During Week 3, Grimble started off taking snaps at fullback until called upon as the number one tight end when Vance McDonald exited with an injury. Grimble later left the game in the second half, leaving only rookie Zach Gentry in his first NFL game to fill the tight end duties.
It is uncertain at this time if Xavier Grimble will be one of the players used under the “designated to return” option associated with the Reserved/Injured List. If so, Grimble would not be eligible to return until after Week 11. NFL teams are no longer required to designate players for return when originally placed on the list, so there is no reason to rule Grimble out for the season at this time.
With Grimble on injured reserve, the tight ends currently on the Steelers 53-man roster are Vance McDonald, Nick Vannett, and Zach gentry. With McDonald nursing a shoulder injury, it is unclear if he will be available on Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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