The Pittsburgh Steelers have moved second year wide receiver Martavis Bryant back on their 53-man roster, and to do so they had to release a current player on the roster. That player was none other than safety Ross Ventrone.
Steelers release Ross Ventrone (Char Valley) and activate Martavis Bryant to the 53-man roster. Ventrone has been dealing with a hamstring.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) October 13, 2015
Ventrone had been dealing with a hamstring injury the past week leading up to the team's Week 5 game against the San Diego Chargers, and according to Mike Tomlin at his Tuesday press conference, the safety re-injured his hamstring.
Although Ventrone has been a predominant special teams player for the black and gold, his position of safety now becomes extremely thin with the injury to Will Allen's ankle. If Allen isn't able to play this Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals at Heinz Field, it would leave Mike Mitchell, Robert Golden and Shamarko Thomas as the only healthy safeties without Ventrone on the roster.
The team could still be making moves in the next two weeks, and bringing Ventrone back to the team when his injury heals is certainly an option. Regardless, fans should be excited to see Bryant back on the field this Sunday when Carson Palmer and the Cardinals come to the Steel City in Week 7 NFL action.