The Pittsburgh Steelers have now named their four protected practice squad players for Week 16 and this week the list includes four familiar names.
The Wednesday list of Steelers protected practice players for Week 16 wide receiver Deon Cain, running back Wendell Smallwood, inside linebacker Tegray Scales and tight end Kevin Rader, who was just re-signed earlier on Wednesday after being waived from the 53-man roster on Monday. All four players have been on previous practice squad protection lists with Smallwood and Cain leading the way in number of times.
Scales dressed and plated on special teams in the Steelers Monday night game against the Cinninciniti Bengals following his Monday after elevation from the practice squad to the active/inactive roster. He reverted to the Steelers practice squad on Tuesday.
The Steelers will likely have inside linebacker Vince Williams back for Sunday’s home game against the Indianapolis Colts so Scales might not be needed this weekend. Rader, however, might be elevated on Saturday as the Steelers might be down tight end Eric Ebron on Sunday as he’s currently dealing with a back injury.
On Tuesday, both Wright and Coyle revered back to the Steelers practice squad following their gameday elevations. Coyle did not play against the Washington Football Team on Monday night while Wright had two extra points and a 37-yard field goal in his NFL debut.
Will Wright need to kick again for the Steelers on Sunday night against the Buffalo Bills? It’s hard to say for sure as we sit here on Wednesday. While Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said on Tuesday that the team was hopeful to have Boswell back for the Sunday night game against the Bills, the kicker did fail to practice on Wednesday.
Any elevations that the Steelers do in Week 16 ahead the team’s Sunday home game against the Colts will likely happen on Saturday.