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Steelers sign running back Wendell Smallwood

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The former fifth-round pick spent three years in Philadelphia before playing 2019 in Washington.

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As the Steelers report to camp to get tested and isolate in preparation for training camp, the Steelers added a new name to the roster.

The Steelers were down a player after defensive back Arrion Springs was placed on the NFL’s Reserve/Covid-19 List, and they filled that spot with running back Wendell Smallwood. The 26 year old running back played college football for the University of West Virginia and was drafted in 2016 by the Philadelphia Eagles where he played for three seasons before joining the Washington Football Team for the 2019 season.

Smallwood has never been a major part of the offense for any team, but he is a versatile running back who can run and catch and had started 12 games in the NFL. He has been a staple special teams player for several years as well.

With the abbreviated training camp and no preseason games this year, the Steelers made a sensible move picking up an experienced player to fill out the roster. Wendell Smallwood joins the Steelers as the oldest running back on the roster, as he is a few months older than both Trey Edmunds and James Conner.

Stay tuned to Behind the Steel Curtain for all breaking news as the Steelers report for training camp.