The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a ridiculous amount of roster moves the past week, compared to previous years, and the team continued to make moves as they have to attempt to finalize their roster before the team heads to Cleveland to play the Browns in Week 1.
Most recently were a trio of decisions which could impact the team’s 53-man roster.
We have signed LB Steven Johnson, placed CB Cameron Sutton on the Reserve/Injured List & Waived/Injured S Jordan Dangerfield. pic.twitter.com/TxJQK2jcnM— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 4, 2017
The team brought back inside linebacker, and special teams player, Steven Johnson, placed cornerback Cameron Sutton on injured reserve and waived Jordan Dangerfield injured.
These moves are significant because Sutton, who was kept on the active roster to protect him from the waiver wire, will be a candidate to return from the injured reserve list similar to Bud Dupree in 2016. The team likes what he brings to the team as a cornerback with tremendous position versatility, but a hamstring injury has hampered him this entire preseason. Giving him nearly half a season to recover and rehab could be just what the doctor ordered, literally and figuratively, for Sutton.
Dangerfield being waived could also be directly related to the trade acquisition of J.J. Wilcox from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Wilcox on the roster, the need for both Dangerfield and Robert Golden was no longer necessary. With Dangerfield suffering an ankle injury in the team’s final preseason game on Thursday vs. the Carolina Panthers, Golden being healthy could have made the team’s decision an easy one.
Now the team will have to juggle their roster again as they activate Le’Veon Bell, as well as if they decide to bring Sutton off the injured reserve down the road.
The Steelers seem to have their roster in place, and it may not look anything like the one at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, but it is what the team has pieced together heading into Week 1.
Time for the roster moves to stop, and the football to begin...