The Pittsburgh Steelers announced they have signed safety Jacob Hagen to the practice squad and have released running back Brandon Brown-Dukes in a corresponding move.
We have signed Jacob Hagen to our practice squad, and released Brandon Brown-Dukes from our practice squad.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 16, 2016
Hagen spent most of the preseason with the team before getting released on the cutdown to 75. He had suffered a leg injury in the third preseason game versus the New Orleans Saints, possibly leading to his release. He recently visited the team, presumably healthy, so it’s not a huge surprise to see him brought back into the fold.
The team now has two defensive backs on their practice squad: him and cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz.
Brown-Dukes was a UDFA out of Mercyhurst, an apparent Mike Tomlin favorite, who made it through the entire camp with the team and was immediately signed to the practice squad after cutdowns. He recorded six carries for seven yards during the preseason.
David Cobb is the only running back left on their practice squad. Neither of the two backs originally kept, Brown-Dukes or Cameron Stingily, are still on the team.