WR Cobi Hamilton Might Be Steelers “Next Man Up” Come Saturday

Since entering the league in 2013 as a sixth-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Cobi Hamilton has dressed for just one NFL game. As things stand right now, Hamilton has a good chance of dressing for the Steelers Sunday when they play the Miami Dolphins.

With Steelers wide receivers Sammie Coates (finger), Markus Wheaton (shoulder) and Eli Rogers (toe) all currently nursing various injuries, there’s a good chance the team promotes Hamilton from their practice squad on Saturday.

Hamilton, who signed with the Steelers after training camp got underway this summer, played in all four preseason games this year and registered 8 catches for 84 yards. After being waived by the Steelers just prior to the start of the regular season, Hamilton was signed to the team’s practice squad.

Should Hamilton ultimately wind up being promoted on Saturday, the Steelers would obviously have to part ways with a player in order to make room for the 6-foot-2, 197-pound wide receiver on their 53-man roster. That player could ultimately be cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz, who was promoted from the practice squad this past Saturday due to injuries in the team’s secondary.

With it looking like cornerback Justin Gilbert and safety Robert Golden will both be able to play Sunday against the Dolphins, Shabazz would be expendable. If waived, he should easily make back to the team’s practice squad on Monday.

Strangely enough, Hamilton was with the Dolphins last year during their training camp and four preseason games prior to being waived by them before the regular season got underway.

We’ll likely know for sure whether or not Hamilton will be promoted on Saturday when the Steelers release their final injury report on Friday. Even if Coates and Rogers are both able to play Sunday, promoting Hamilton would likely be a wise decision and especially if the team doesn’t need the services of Shabazz this weekend.

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