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Steelers sign Derrek Tuszka to the 53-man roster

Tuszka was elevated from the Steelers practice squad for Week 3 and played more than half the defensive snaps.

NFL: Denver Broncos-Training Camp Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers have made a roster move in preparation for their Week 4 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. After being elevated from the practice squad on Saturday, outside linebacker Derrek Tuszka has been signed to the 53-man roster.

Drafted in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL draft by the Denver Broncos out of North Dakota State, Tuszka played in nine games last season where he had six tackles. Failing to make the Broncos 53-man roster in 2021, Tuszka signed with the Steelers practice squad after clearing waivers.

On Sunday, Tuszka played in 27 of the Steelers 47 defensive snaps and registered two tackles. On special teams, Tuszka was only on the field for two snaps on the field goal block team.

To make room on the 53-man roster, the Steelers released outside linebacker Jamir Jones. A pleasant surprise throughout Steelers training camp in 2021, Jones grabbed the fourth outside linebacker spot on the Steelers initial 53-man roster. Playing limited snaps in the first two games until T.J. Watt exited with an injury, Jones saw less work on Sunday at outside linebacker then Tuszka and ultimately lost out on the job. Jones has been a quality player for the Steelers on special teams through their first three games. If he clears waivers, Jones would be a candidate to return to the Steelers practice squad.

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain for continued coverage as the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to take on the Green Bay Packers this Sunday at 4:25 PM at Lambeau Field.