The Pittsburgh Steelers filled the open spot on their practice squad Tuesday by signing free agent rookie running back George Winn.
Winn was originally signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati in May and released less than one week later. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder, gained 1,334 rushing yards on 243 attempts with 13 touchdowns last season for Cincinnati and he was named Second Team All-Big East following the 2012 season.
Following his release from the Texans, Winn signed with the New England Patriots. During the preseason, prior to him being waived during the final round of roster cuts, Winn saw action in three games with the Patriots and rushed 15 times for 52 yards and a touchdown in limited playing time.
Earlier this month, Winn was signed to the Oakland Raiders practice squad when running back Darren McFadden was hampered by his hamstring injury. That stay only lasted a short time as he was released by them just one week ago.
This might be a bit of gamesmanship on the part of the Steelers, who play the Raiders this coming Sunday. Even though they released running back Isaac Redman on Monday, they still had running back Alvester Alexander on the practice squad.