The Pittsburgh Steelers filled their two open spots on the practice squad Monday morning by signing defensive tackle Elisha Joseph and running back Chad Spann. The spots on the squad were created when the Steelers promoted linebacker Mortty Ivy and safety Da\’Mon Cromartie-Smith to the 53 man roster on Thursday to fill the spots of nose tackle Chris Hoke and running back Jonathan Dwyer after they both were placed on injured reserve.
This is the second time Joseph has been on the practice squad this season. He was last released on November 2nd. Spann is a running back out of Northern Illinois who has spent time with the Colts and the Buccaneers after going undrafted in 2011. He measures in at almost 5 foot 8 and weighs 201 pounds. Spann played all four seasons at Northern Illinois University, racking up 2,916 rushing yards and 48 touchdowns on 536 carries. In 2010 he was named the MAC Offensive Player of the Year, as a senior, after establishing a new school record with 22 touchdowns to go with his 1,388 rushing yards.