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Two former Pittsburgh Steelers are now on the open market and able to sign with any team who wants them.
On a day when the Pittsburgh Steelers news was buzzing with the news of tight end Vance McDonald testing positive for COVID-19, there was some secondary news which is worth noting involving some now former Steelers.
Two players who were released during the latest round of roster transactions, offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski and running back Trey Edmunds, have cleared NFL waivers and are now considered free agents.
This per Brian Batko of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
The big Steelers news everyone is discussing: Stefen Wisniewski and Trey Edmunds cleared waivers.
— Brian Batko (@BrianBatko) November 9, 2020
Wisniewski was an offseason free agent addition for the Steelers, and was supposed to be that valuable interior offensive line depth the Steelers lost when B.J. Finney signed with the Seattle Seahawks via free agency.
However, when Wisniewski was injured in the Week 1 game vs. the New York Giants, filling in for David DeCastro, his injury didn’t just land him on Injured Reserve (IR), it opened the door for rookie Kevin Dotson to hit the field and prove he is more than worthy to handle the backup duties at both guard spots.
Wisniewski was take off IR just over three weeks ago, which started a 21-day clock to get him back on the active roster. If that promotion didn’t happen, it would mean Wisniewski would be forced to stay on IR for the rest of the season. Wisniewski only practiced once, in a limited fashion, after being activated before being released. His pectoral injury could be the reason the Steelers decided it wasn’t worth keeping him on the roster.
It was supposed to be a fairy tale ending for Wisniewski, who grew up in the Pittsburgh area, but his injury derailed those plans.
Wisniewski and Edmunds are now able to sign with any team who wants them. Could it be back with the Steelers? Crazier things have happened…
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 10 at Heinz Field.