Steelers news: Pittsburgh loses two members of the backfield, RB workout, and more

  • Retirements and injuries in the backfield
  • Steelers exploring options at RB
Steelers, ZaQuandre White
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a number of roster moves happen all at once. On Sunday, Veteran linebacker Kwon Alexander officially joined the team after meeting with the front office over two months ago. From there came a flood of minor moves.

Prior to their first practice in full pads, the Steelers have already had some changes to their 90-man summer roster. Here's the latest news you need to know.

Steelers news:

On Sunday evening, Steelers fans were surprised to learn that fullback Monte Pottebaum had officially announced his retirement from the National Football League. This certainly came as a surprise as Pottenbaum was entering his first NFL season after being signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent.

Shortly after Pottenbaum's retirement was announced, the Steelers found out that they were losing another member of their backfield. On Monday, running back Alfonzo Graham took to Twitter to share that he had suffered a torn labrum. The rookie RB out of Morgan State hinted that this is a season-ending injury and said, 'See y'all in 2024.'

More Steelers news:

As two members of the Steelers backfield exit almost simultaneously, another could be joining the roster. Following the news of Pottebaum and Graham, NFL Insider Jordan Schultz reported that RB Zaquandre White visited the Steelers on Monday.

White joined the Dolphins' practice squad last season. However, he was most recently a standout running back for the Birmingham Stallions of the USFL. In terms of testing, White is only a modest athlete. He ran a 4.63 40-yard dash coming out of South Carolina and tested poorly in his agility drills.

Still, his 6'0'', 215-pound frame is noteworthy. If he signs with the team, he could be a candidate to earn the RB3 job in Pittsburgh this year. This could ultimately come down to the ability he shows on special teams.

UPDATE: The Steelers are signing former Penn State running back, John Lovett, per the official XFL Twitter account.

NFL News:

On Monday, Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick went down on a non-contact play with a lower leg injury. The Broncos' initial fear is that this is an Achilles injury, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This would be a significant blow to Denver's receiving corps and the second major injury for Patrick. The veteran wide receiver had back-to-back 700-yard seasons in 2020 and 2021 prior to suffering an ACL tear in 2022.