In addition to signing free agent running back Ben Tate to the 53 man roster Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers also announced a practice squad transaction.
Signed Tuesday to the 10-man practice squad was wide receiver Tim Benford. To make room for Benford, cornerback Jordan Sullen was released.
Benford was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys in April of 2012 out of Tennessee Tech. After failing to make their 53 man roster out of training camp that year, the 5′ 11″ wide receiver landed on their practice squad. He has since bounced on and off the Cowboys practice squad the last few seasons and was released again in early October.
In the 43 college games that he played, Benford caught 216 passes for 3,097 yards and 27 touchdowns. at the 2012 NFL Combine, Benford ran a 4.59 second 40-yard dash and did 15 reps on the bench. He weighed in at 205 pounds while in Indianapolis that year. He was unable to finish his combine workout, however, due to him suffering an oblique strain.
Sullen had been on the Steelers practice squad since the middle of October.