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Steelers Practice Squad: Tracking the players who will remain with the team in 2017

The Pittsburgh Steelers have finalized their roster, for now, and suddenly turn their attention to signing players to their practice squad.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers have been extremely busy this week. From signing players like Vance McDonald and Joe Haden, to make a pair of trades on cut down day where they finalized their roster at 53 players. With the frenzy of activity now over, the team turns their attention to the 10-man practice squad.

Here is a quick summation of how a team chooses a player for the practice squad:

Practice squad basics

  • Each NFL team can have up to 10 players on its practice squad.
  • Practice squad players ... practice with the team. They do not play in games.
  • Not all players are eligible to be signed to NFL practice squads (see new rules on eligibility above).
  • Practice squad players are paid per week and can be released at any point during the season.
  • Practice squad players are free to sign with other NFL teams, but they have to be signed to the 53-man active roster of the acquiring team. A practice squad player cannot be signed to another practice squad unless he is first released.
  • A practice squad player can not sign with his team's upcoming opponent, unless he does so six days before the upcoming game or 10 days if his team is currently on a bye week.
  • If a practice squad player is signed to the active roster, he will receive a minimum of three weekly paychecks, even if he is released before spending three weeks with the new team.
  • In order to be signed to a practice squad after being released, a player must first clear waivers, and is subject to waiver claims by other teams.

Below, we will update rumors surrounding players who are expected to sign with the Steelers as a practice squad player. When the final list is released, you will see the list in a separate article.

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