The Pittsburgh Steelers made a trio of roster moves on Saturday in preparation of their Week 5 matchup with the Denver Broncos on Sunday at Heinz Field. The Steelers have signed wide receiver Cody White to their 53-man roster, elevated Karl Joseph from the practice squad and released guard Rashaad Coward.
RB Anthony McFarland Jr. will return to practice today but remains on the Reserve/Injured List.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) October 6, 2021
We have 21 days to activate him to the 53-man roster. If he is not activated during that period, he cannot return to the active roster for the rest of the 2021 season.
After being elevated in Week 3 and Week 4 due to injuries at the wide receiver position, the Steelers have signed Cody White to their 53-man roster. Since White has reached the maximum of two non-COVID elevations from the practice squad, the only way he could be used for the Steelers is by signing him to the active roster. With James Washington already ruled out this week, the Steelers made the necessary move.
White went undrafted out of Michigan State in 2020 and bounced around that offseason between the Chiefs, Giants, and Broncos. Added to the Steelers practice squad in September 2020, White spent the entire year with the Steelers from that point and was signed to a futures contract in the offseason.
The Steelers elevating Joseph from the practice squad was due to the fact Cam Sutton has been ruled out of this game with a groin injury. Joseph will be able to revert back to the practice squad without clearing waivers.
To make room on the 53-man roster, the Steelers released guard Rashaad Coward, who has been battling an ankle injury the past two weeks. Coward will now be suspect to the waiver wire before the Steelers could entertain the thought of bringing him back in some capacity.
The news many fans were hoping for, the reinstatement of Zach Banner off Injured Reserve (IR) didn’t happen. The Steelers look to go into the upcoming game vs. the Broncos, and Von Miller, with a healthy Chuks Okorafor and Dan Moore as they bookend tackles.
Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain as the Steelers take on the Denver Broncos this Sunday at Heinz Field at 1 PM.