The Pittsburgh Steelers have flip-flopped a move they made less than a week ago, announcing the signing of RB Brandon Brown-Dukes to the practice squad. Safety Jacob Hagen was released in a corresponding move.
We have signed RB Brandon Brown-Dukes to our practice squad, and released S Jacob Hagen from our practice squad.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 20, 2016
The Steelers signed Hagen and released Brown-Dukes on September 16th. It’s unclear why they’ve made the switch.
Brown-Dukes was signed after rookie tryouts as a UDFA out of Mercyhurst. He carried the ball six times for seven yards in the preseason but showed some elusiveness in training camp, catching the eye of Mike Tomlin who would call him “Hyphen Mercyhurst.”
Hagen is in his second year and spent most of the preseason with the Steelers but was released at the cutdown to 75. He suffered an injury in the third preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.
The Steelers now have two running backs on their practice squad and three on their 53. Brown-Dukes rejoins David Cobb with DeAngelo Williams, Fitzgerald Toussaint, and Daryl Richardson on the 53. Le’Veon Bell is able to return after this week and you would expect some transactions at this position then.