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Steelers sign safety John Battle to the practice squad

The former LSU Tiger takes the place of Curtis Riley who recently signed with the Arizona Cardinals.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have filled their open practice squad position left when safety Curtis Riley signed with the Arizona Cardinals earlier this week. The Steelers have brought back safety John Battle who spent the 2020 training camp with Pittsburgh.

Undrafted out of Louisiana State University in 2019, Battle was originally signed by the New York Jets. However, Battle was released by the Jets in early June. Battle was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two months later once training camp was already underway. In fact, the Buccaneers added Battle just two days before they faced the Steelers in their opening preseason game last year.

During the 2019 preseason, Battle had a total of four tackles. Although he did not make the Buccaneers 53-man roster, Battle was signed to the practice squad.

In his four years at LSU, Battle had 144 tackles, five interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

The signing of battle keeps the Steelers practice squad with their full slate of 16 players. Along with Steelers 2020 sixth-round draft pick Antoine Brooks Jr., the Steelers have two safeties on the practice squad as well as one cornerback in Trajan Bandy.

The Steelers current practice squad consists of three defensive backs, one linebacker, two defensive lineman, two running back‘s, one quarterback, one tight end, two wide receivers, three offensive linemen, and one kicker.

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for player news, injury updates, and all things Pittsburgh Steelers as they prepare to take on the Denver Broncos this Sunday at 1 PM at Heinz Field.