In preparation for Monday nights game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Pittsburgh Steelers have activated lineman Danny Isidora from the Exempt List and elevated linebacker Tegray Scales from the practice squad. In order to make room on the 53 man roster, the Steelers have released tight and Kevin Rader.
With Kevin Dotson ruled out for the game and Matt Feiler being put on the Reserve/Injured List last Monday, the Steelers only had seven offensive linemen eligible to play Monday night. With the expanded rosters in 2020, teams can now have 48 players active on game day instead of 46 players in previous seasons. The only stipulation is teams must dress eight offensive linemen.
Signed off the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad on Monday, Isidora was a fifth-round draft pick in the 2017 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. After two years in Minnesota where he appeared in 21 games and started three, Isidora was traded to the Miami Dolphins prior to the 2019 season. After appearing in three games, all of which he started, Isidora was placed on the Reserve/Injured List for the remainder of the season.
Failing to make the Dolphins roster in 2020, Kansas City signed Isidora to the practice squad before Week 1. Elevated twice to the game day roster in Weeks 7 and 8, Isidora only played two snaps on the season.
The Steelers promoted Kevin Rader from the practice squad when Zach Gentry was lost for the season. He was not active for the Steelers in any games. Should Rader clear waivers, he is a prime candidate to return to the Steelers practice squad.
Linebacker Tegray Scales has been promoted from the Steelers practice squad for the second straight week. In week 14 against the Buffalo Bills, Scales did not play any defensive snaps and only had three snaps on special teams.
Stay tuned to BTSC for continued coverage as the Steelers take on the Bengals in Cincinnati on Monday Night Football.