Roster moves continue for Steelers

The Steelers signed linebacker Marcus Allen and offensive linebacker Trent Scott to the 53-man roster.

Allen, who was released Tuesday, has played in 33 games, including three starts, since being selected by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft.

Scott originally signed a one-year deal this offseason and was also released on Tuesday. Scott played 53 games in four seasons, starting 19. He played two years with the Los Angeles Chargers in 2018-19 and two seasons with the Carolina Panthers in 2020-21. Scott originally signed with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent from Grameen State.

In a corresponding move, the team placed receiver Calvin Austin III and safety Damontae Kazee on the reserve/injured list.

Austin, the fourth-round pick of the Steelers’ 2022 NFL draft, didn’t see any action in the preseason due to an injury. While in Memphis, Austin was named to the All-AAC first team in 2020 and 2021, contributing not only on offense but also on special teams. He ranks second in school history for career touchdowns with 22, fourth with 2,541 and fifth with 156. He also returned to punt, including 29 for 323 yards, an average of 11.1 yards and two touchdowns.

Kazee, who was injured in a preseason game against the Lions, signed a one-year deal in May. He’s in his sixth season, having spent the first four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons (2017-20) and last season with the Dallas Cowboys after they signed him as an unrestricted free agent. In his five seasons, Kazee had 241 tackles, 166 of which were solo stops, and 3 failed tackles. He had 12 career interceptions, 17 pass defenses and seven forced turnovers. The Steelers also continued to flesh out their practice roster, signing three more players on Thursday.

The team signed defensive back Mark Gilbert, tight end Justin Rigg and linebacker Chappell Russell. They will join the team’s eight players who joined the training class on Wednesday.

Teams can add up to 16 players to their practice roster for the 2022 season, and the Steelers currently have 11 players in the roster.

Check out the new practice team signings.

Defensive back Mark Gilbert: Gilbert is returning to the Steelers after spending part of the 2021 season and 2022 preseason with the Detroit Lions. He played eight games for the Lions last season with three tackles and a forced turnover, which came in Week 10 against the Steelers. The Steelers initially signed Gilbert as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2021 NFL Draft, and he spent the first five weeks of the 2021 season on the Steelers’ practice class. Gilbert has close ties to his uncle in the NFL and Pittsburgh, Sean Gilbert starred at Pittsburgh and played 11 seasons in the NFL, and his cousin Darrelle Revis also played at Pittsburgh and has an impressive career. Impressive 11-year NFL career, winning AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 2009.

Tight end Justin Rigg: Rigg completed a three-yard touchdown pass in the preseason finale against the Los Angeles Rams with the Cincinnati Bengals in the preseason. Rigg joined the Bengals as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2022 NFL draft. He played college football at the University of Kentucky, where he set a school record for most games, 63, including 35 starts.

Linebacker Chappell Russell: Russell spent the 2021 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars, playing 16 games, starting one and finishing the year with 14 tackles. In his two years in the NFL, he played in 27 games, starting just once. Originally selected by the Temple Bay Buccaneers with the 241st overall pick in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He spent most of the 2020 season with the Bucs practice team and was waived by the Jaguars on January 11, 2021.

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