The Pittsburgh Steelers have made several transactions today and this one, if we’re being honest, is the least interesting. But in the interest of good bookkeeping, the team has issued linebacker Kevin Anderson a waived/injured designation. Assuming he clears waivers, he will be placed on injured reserve.
Anderson was signed yesterday but apparently suffered an injury during his first day of practice, leading the team to swap him out for linebacker Mike Reilly today.
These moves are all reactionary to the injuries suffered by original UDFAs Tyriq McCord and Jay Rome. The Steelers released both players yesterday and they have now officially cleared waivers, reverting to injured reserve.
#Steelers placed LB Tyriq McCord, TE Jay Rome on injured reserve, ending their seasons.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) June 8, 2016
McCord was one of the “bigger” names of the Steelers’ undrafted class and given a sizeable signing bonus. Rome was the very old-school in-line blocker a team like Pittsburgh still finds use for. Paul Lang was signed to replace him.
Both players, and Anderson, could spend the entire season on IR or be released with an injury settlement, which would pay out for the projected time they need to rehab.
Pittsburgh’s roster remains at the 90 man maximum.