When Le'Veon Bell's suspension was reduced to two games, the Pittsburgh Steelers knew they would be filling a roster spot for the short term until Bell's return. With Bell now activated onto the team's 53-man roster, his presence gives the team 54 players. The NFL granted the Steelers until 4:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday to pare their roster down to the league-mandated 53 players.
The unfortunate aspect of this situation is that it means the end of the road for one player, even if only for a short time. Thus, the team has released wide receiver Tyler Murphy from their roster to create room for arguably the best running back in the NFL.
#Steelers have released Tyler Murphy— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) September 23, 2015
For Tyler Murphy, this now means he'll have to clear waivers before the Steelers could possibly re-sign him to the team's practice squad. In which case, a player from the current 10-man practice squad would have to be released to create room for Tyler Murphy.
Tyler Murphy was in the locker rm after practice. Announced as cut 40min later Will almost certainly be put on practice squad after clearing— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) September 23, 2015
Murphy, an undrafted rookie free-agent from Boston College, made the team's roster with his versatility as a special teams player, wide receiver and even as an emergency quarterback. Murphy had one reception in two games for 16 yards.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news on the team's roster and any changes which will occur if Murphy clears waivers.