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Report: New York Giants claim former Steelers OLB Tuzar Skipper off waivers

The Pittsburgh Steelers might have had plans to bring Skipper back, but those plans have now been spoiled.

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The transaction the New York Giants just made will likely cap off what has been a very forgettable weekend for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ fan base.

After watching their former star wide receiver, Antonio Brown, go from the Oakland Raiders to the hated New England Patriots, and the Patriots throttling the Steelers 33-3 on Sunday Night Football, it was expected the team would move recently released Tuzar Skipper to their practice squad.

After promoting Johnny Holton to the 53-man roster, and releasing Skipper to make room, moving Skipper to the practice squad on Monday made sense. But those plans were crushed when the New York Giants claimed Skipper off waivers, per ESPN’s Field Yates.

This is the risk you take when you release a player you like in hopes he will clear waivers and be able to be brought back to the team.

Skipper had a tremendous preseason, getting at least one sack in every preseason game he participated in, and although his performance was good enough to make the initial 53-man roster, the team played roster roulette and got burned.

After the team traded Joshua Dobbs to the Jacksonville Jaguars today for a 5th round 2020 draft pick, they have an open spot on the 53-man roster. Could Devlin Hodges make his return to the Steelers? Some had hoped that player to return would be Skipper, but the only plays he will be making in the near future will be with the G-men.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for Week 2 when they open the season at Heinz Field vs. the Seattle Seahawks.