The Pittsburgh Steelers made a set of expected Thursday transactions ahead of their Sunday road game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Steelers signed center Patrick Morris off the team’s practice squad on Thursday and to make room for him on the 53-man roster the team placed center Maurkice Pouncey on the Reserve/Suspended list.
Pouncey is serving a two-game suspension for the role he played in the late-game melee that took place in the Week 11 Thursday night contest against the Cleveland Browns.
Pouncey was originally suspended for three games last Friday for swinging and kicking at Browns defensive end Myles Garrett following the opposing team member ripping the helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and then swinging it and hitting him over the head with it. Pouncey had his three-game suspension reduced by one game on Thursday following his appeal.
Morris, who signed originally with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Texas Christian in May of 2018, spent his entire rookie season on the team’s practice squad after failing to make the initial 53-man roster.
The Steelers quickly re-signed Morris to a Reserve/Futures contract after the 2018 regular season ended and after once again failing to make the team’s 53-man roster this past summer, he was signed back to the practice squad once again.
During the last two preseasons Morris mostly played at center. However, he did log 10 snaps at left guard in the team’s first preseason game this year against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Morris is expected to be active Sunday against the Bengals.
UPDATE (12:22 PM): The Steelers have announced the move, also re-signing TE Kevin Rader to the practice squad.