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OLB Tuzar Skipper Cleared Waivers On Wednesday

Rookie outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper went unclaimed on waivers Wednesday following him being waived Tuesday by the New York Giants, according to the NFL daily transaction report.

In the six games that Skipper was with the Giants he played a total of 40 defensive snaps and 27 special teams snaps. He registered two total defensive tackles, both assists, with one of those being a half a sack. He was also credited with a fumble recovery on defense and one special teams tackle.

Skipper, who originally made the Steelers initial 53-man roster back in September after registering an NFL-best five sacks during the preseason, was waived by the team just prior to the Week 1 game against the New England Patriots to make room for the promotion of wide receiver Johnny Holton from the practice squad. The Giants then claimed Skipper off waivers.

After being invited to participate in the Steelers annual rookie minicamp, Skipper, who went undrafted this year, was signed to the team’s 90-man roster. He had a great training camp and followed that up with an even better preseason that included him registering at least one sack in every game. He had two sacks in the preseason finale in addition to two special teams tackles.

Now that Skipper has cleared waivers he’s a free agent and we could perhaps see him signed to the Steelers practice squad. The Steelers signed outside linebacker Jayrone Elliott to the 53-man roster on Wednesday to take the spot of outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo, who was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.

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