The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed rookie ILB Ulysees Gilbert III on injured reserve, the team announced moments ago. They called up ILB Robert Spillane to fill his spot on the team’s 53 man roster.
Gilbert III has dealt with a back injury over the last two weeks. While he suited up for Sunday’s win over the Indianapolis Colts, his snap count appeared limited. During Tuesday’s press conference, Mike Tomlin had ruled him out for this week’s contest against Los Angeles. Now, his season is over. Prior to the injury, no Steeler had played more special teams snaps than UG3.
Spillane performed well in training camp with the team and has spent most of the season on the practice squad. He will wear #41 for the Steelers.
Pittsburgh also made three practice squad moves. RB Darrin Hall was released while the team signed back TE Kevin Rader and added WR Terry Wright. Hall was signed a week ago but with the RB group getting healthier, he became expendable. Rader was on the practice squad until a few weeks ago. A second-year player from Youngstown State, he spent all of the summer with the team.
Wright, listed at 5’11, 180, was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as a UDFA after the 2019 draft. As a senior for Purdue, he caught 28 passes for 468 yards and five touchdowns. A track star, he ran a 4.34 at the Boilermaker’s Pro Day. The Steelers had a scout in attendance for his workout.