The Pittsburgh Steelers once again have one of their sixth-round draft picks from this year back in the fold as outside linebacker Sutton Smith was signed to the team’s practice squad once again on Tuesday. The team released running back Darrin Hall to make room for Smith.
Smith, who was waived by the Steelers just prior to the start of the regular season, was on the Steelers practice squad for just one day last week. Prior to that he had just recently spent a week on the practice squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Steelers drafted Smith this year in the sixth-round out of Northern Illinois. He registered 139 total tackles and 30 sacks during his college career and won the MAC’s Vern Smith Leadership Award (MVP) and repeated as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2018. He broke his own NIU record for sacks in 2018 with two in the MAC Championship game to give him 15 on the year.
An injury slowed Smith for a good part of training camp and the preseason and the Steelers waived him prior to the start of the regular season. Smith did practice some at fullback with the Steelers during training camp to show off his position flexibility and with fullback Roosevelt Nix sidelined, it will be interesting to see if he gets work at that position this week in practice.