Steelers make 4 roster moves ahead of Sunday’s contest vs. Titans

Tommy Jaggi
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Henry Mondeaux (72). Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Henry Mondeaux (72). Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

The Pittsburgh Steelers made several moves ahead of their Week 7 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. Here’s how it could affect them moving forward.

Because of a season-ending injury to linebacker Devin Bush and some inefficient punting numbers from Dustin Colquitt, the Pittsburgh Steelers have elected to make four roster moves ahead of their Week 7 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

Bush was sadly lost near the end of the second quarter when he went down with a non-contact injury to his left knee. It was later confirmed to be a torn ACL, and his 2020 season abruptly came to an end. Colquitt, on the other hand, suffered no injury, but Pittsburgh was not pleased with what they have seen from him so far this season.

Here is a breakdown of the Steelers four roster moves prior to their Week 7 game against the Titans:

Devin Bush placed on the Reserved/Injured List

This is something that we obviously saw coming. Now the Steelers have made it official. Just 5 games into his second NFL season, Devin Bush will not take the field again until next year, as he finds himself on the reserved/injured list.

Bush has a long road to recovery ahead of him as he looks to rehab from a serious knee injury, but he’s expected to be ready to participate in Pittsburgh’s 2021 training camp if all goes as scheduled. The good news is he will still be just 23 years old next season.

Dustin Colquitt has been released

The arrow had been pointing down for Dustin Colquitt since Week 1. Eventually, Mike Tomlin had enough as he elected to make a switch at punter. Though his 43.1-yard punt average was just a yard-and-a-half lower than his career average, some poor punts ultimately made this an easy decision for Pittsburgh’s front office.

Steelers sign LB Ray Wilborn to the practice squad

Despite losing Devin Bush for the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not promote a linebacker to the 53-man roster. Instead, they simply signed former Ball State linebacker, Ray Wilborn, to the practice squad. Wilborn was an undrafted free agent who initially signed with the Atlanta Falcons following the 2020 NFL Draft. He earned 83 tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, and 2 interceptions during his senior year at Ball State.

Steelers sign DL Henry Mondeaux to the 53-man roster

Instead of promoting a linebacker to the 53-man roster, the Steelers used the spot left vacant by Bush to sign defensive lineman, Henry Mondeaux. Mondeaux was a preseason favorite in 2019 before being cut, however, he soon was signed to the practice squad. Now he will get his first shot to dress with the team against the Titans this week.

Steelers to promote punter Corliss Waitman?

Though Pittsburgh has already cut Dustin Colquitt, it has not officially been reported that the team would promote punter Corliss Waitman to the 53-man roster. However, we would have to assume that just two days before their Week 7 matchup against the Titans, this is a move that is soon to happen. Waitman hasn’t punted in a game in almost two years – his last coming on South Alabama in 2018.

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Losing Devin Bush could be a very big loss of the Steelers this year. As for the rest of these roster moves, we will have to take a ‘wait and see’ approach. Let’s hope they turn out to benefit the team in 2020.