Round and round we go.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they have signed safety Jacob Hagen to their practice squad.
We have signed DB Jacob Hagen to our practice squad.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 27, 2016
Hagen has been playing a dance with Brandon Brown-Dukes for the last 10 days. On September 13th, he visited and presumably worked out with the team. He was signed on the 16th, the team cutting Brown-Dukes, released for BBD on the 20th, and officially brought back again today. Brown-Dukes was released yesterday.
The move isn’t terribly surprising as it is repetitive. Pittsburgh is getting Le’Veon Bell back onto the 53 man roster Thursday, likely meaning one of the running backs will have to be released and signed to the practice squad.
And with the injuries in the secondary, Mike Mitchell, Sean Davis, and Robert Golden are all dealing with injuries to varying degrees, another body at safety is needed. Without Hagen, the Steelers did not have a safety on the practice squad.
Hagen spent most of the preseason with the Steelers before suffering an injury in the third game against the New Orleans Saints. He was released as part of the cutdown to their 75 man roster.
With the sign, the Steelers’ taxi squad sits at the maximum of ten players. That, of course, could soon shuffle once Bell is officially reinstated. We’ll update you when those moves take place.