According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Harvin is dealing with an injury which is going to force the team to make a move. If nothing more, at last to their 16-man practice squad.
As Dulac said on Twitter, the team is hosting former punter Jordan Berry and is expected to sign him to the practice squad in light of Harvin’s injury.
Clarify: Jordan Berry will be signed to practice squad for now. https://t.co/VlB4T60Jd5— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) September 27, 2022
Through three games of the 2022 season, Pressley Harvin is tied for leading the NFL in his number of punts with 17. With a long of 69 yards, Harvin currently has a yard per punt average of 47.4 which is almost 5 yards better than his 2021 average of 42.6 yards per punt. When compared to the rest of the NFL, Harvin is ranked 15th in his punting average.
As for Berry, he last played in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings after losing to Harvin prior to the 2021 season in the punter position battle. In 17 games in 2021, Berry had a 46.5 yards per punt average. Berry lost out this preseason in the competition to win the punting job in Minnesota to undrafted rookie Ryan Wright.
Nothing has been made official with the signing of Berry, but it does seem imminent at this point. So, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the team as they prepare for the Jets this Sunday in Week 4 regular season action.
UPDATE: The Steelers have officially announced signing Berry to the practice squad. In the corresponding move, they released linebacker Delontae Scott from the practice squad.
With the news coming out earlier that Berry was going to be signed, it was of little surprise when he lands on the practice squad. What is surprising is that the player who was released from the practice squad in order to make room for Berry to join the team. Delontae Scott was elevated to the Steelers 53man roster each of the last two games. Scott played 16 defensive snaps and one special team snap combined in the Steelers previous two contests.
With outside linebacker David Anenih joining the Steelers in the middle of the preparation for Week 2, Scott replaced him on the roster as Anenih was inactive. With only one real practice on a short week leading up to last Thursday’s game, Scott once again was the player elevated for the game as Anenih was inactive once again. Unless Scott is brought back to the team before this Saturday, look for David Anenih to make his Steelers debut unless they make an additional roster move this week.