With the Pittsburgh Steelers possibly needing to make a roster move this weekend to promote wide receiver David Gilreath to the roster because of the ankle injury suffered by wide receiver Antonio Brown this past Sunday, I originally speculated that veteran quarterback Charlie Batch could be released for the weekend without issue and resigned to the roster on Tuesday.
There is only one problem now with that scenario as a follower on Twitter pointed out to me. I failed to remember that the NFL trade deadline has now come and gone which means that all vested veterans now are subject to the waiver process.
So in short, there can be no wink-wink situation with Batch. A team such as the Indianapolis Colts or the Arizona Cardinals are prime candidates who could swoop in and claim Batch off of waivers if they wanted.
I doubt the Steelers want to risk that so should Gilreath wind up getting promoted so you have to think linebacker Adrian Robinson or cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke could be in line to be released. I doubt it would be Van Dyke, but it is certainly possible.
It is not a slam-dunk that Gilreath will be promoted, but the signing of Derrick Moye on Wednesday to the practice squad sure makes it seem more likely to happen now.