The Pittsburgh Steelers have brought back OLB and fan favorite Tuzar Skipper, signing him to the 53 man roster. In a corresponding move, they have placed LT Walton on injured reserve. Walton is undergoing knee surgery, Mike Tomlin announced Tuesday.
Skipper was released prior to Week One to make room for WR Johnny Holton. Though the team reportedly hoped to sign him to the practice squad, Skipper was claimed by the New York Giants. He appeared in six games, notching 0.5 sacks and two tackles across 40 defensive snaps.
Skipper was a star during training camp and the preseason, recording five sacks during the summer and initially making the roster before being released. The longest of longshots, he was originally brought in on a tryout basis during rookie minicamp, earning a contract to be carried through the offseason.
The Steelers had a chance to claim Skipper earlier this year, immediately following Anthony Chickillo’s arrest, but did not submit a claim. Outside linebacker depth remains questionable with Ola Adeniyi in concussion protocol, Jay Elliott released, and Chickillo missing last week due to a rib injury.