Steelers Waive RB Isaiah Pead, Promote RB Fitzgerald Toussaint From Practice Squad

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a surprise roster move on Friday as running back Isaiah Pead has been waived and running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has been promoted from the practice squad to replace him on the team’s 53-man roster.

Pead hadn’t dressed for a game since he was signed by the Steelers after starting running back Le’Veon Bell was lost for the season several weeks ago to a knee injury.

As for Toussaint, who was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Michigan, he has spent the entire 2015 season on the Steelers’ practice squad.

During his college career, Toussaint rushed for 2,290 yards and 28 touchdowns on 510 career carries. He also caught 31 passes for 298 yards during his time at Michigan.

It will now be interesting to see whether or not Toussaint gets a helmet Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks in order to help on special teams and serve as the No. 3 running back behind starter DeAngelo Williams and backup Jordan Todman.

It’s kind of curious that this transaction took place on a Friday as normally moves like this that are made late in the week happen on a Saturday. Perhaps the Ravens tried to sign Toussaint away after losing starter Justin Forsett for the remainder of the season to an injury last weekend.

Now that the Steelers have promoted Toussaint, they’ll need to fill the vacated practice squad spot and that could happen either Monday or Tuesday.

  • CodeNameJerk

    Things that make you go hmmmmmm?

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Maybe Pead kept fumbling in practice.

  • Edward Hunt

    I wonder how Josh Harris is in his recovery?

  • dany

    Exhibit A never to believe what coaches say. Just this morning (might have been quotes from yesterday) Haley saying he’s probably ready to contribute

  • Big Joe

    Hadn’t really thought about it from that angle but an interesting hypothesis. I immediately thought that Pead simply pissed them off or showed little to no progress since joining the team.

  • Big Joe

    A possibility

  • Steeler-Drew

    So on Tuesday at the press conference Tomlin wouldn’t commit to who Williams backup was and he cuts one of them later in the week. Everyone except the reporter who asked the question knew it would be Todman. For a player who has been in the league for 4 years with some success as both RB and a returning he deserves a little more respect.

  • Big Joe

    If the hypothesis ends up being accurate, I’d say that this season has shown a change in how the FO views the retention of their PS players to add future depth to the team.

  • Shawn S.

    Exactly. Much more aggressive this year with varying off players.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Always liked Toussaint when I’ve seen him play at Michigan! Alright with this move!

  • steelburg

    No big loss really. Toussaint makes more sense coming down the stretch of he has been around longer should know more of the playbook. I would have hated to get in a situation where the 3rd RB is needed and it becomes a repeat of Ben Tate from last year.

  • jconeoone C

    So if they felt so good with toussaint to not let him be signed away, then why sign pead in the first place?

  • SteelersDepot

    We don’t know if that was indeed the case. for all we know, Pead may have had problems picking up things or fumbled quite a bit. It just seems strange that this move happened so late in the week. maybe he was late for practice?! ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • WilliamSekinger

    Wait, I’m confused. How exactly did the Steelers disrespect anybody?

  • jsteeler

    I trust the Coaches know what they are doing. Their decisions have help to lead the Steelers this far. On the flip side this may be a divisive plan to throw off the game plan of Seattle. Never let the left hand know what the right hand is doing. i like it.

  • jsteeler

    No. I think this is a plan to deceive Seattle into a base defense that they love to play. Todman and Toussaint both can catch out of the backfield. Great strategy. Now , when either come in, the Seattle Defense won’t know what players they will need to sub. Awesome strategy to pull out 1 day before the game. Seattle won’t know what hit em. It is all about execution now. Brilliant! I like it.

  • Steeler-Drew

    First off the reporter asked a stupid question in who was going to be Williams backup RB this week. Pead has not been active since they signed him and Todman has been here and active every week since day 1. He’s had a few carries as a backup and has started on special teams every week. To my knowledge he has said all the right things even though the Steelers didn’t give him a shot to replace Archer. He has a track record as a RB and returner, Pead does not. Tomlin could have easily said Todman is our #1 backup as it stands right but was non-commital with his answer by basically saying they both were working hard. Three days later Pead was cut.

  • WilliamSekinger

    I happen to like Todman, but I don’t agree that Tomlin being non committal in an answer to some reporter translates to disrespect towards Todman. Tomlin may leave a lot to be desired in his gameday clock management, but one thing that can’t be questioned is that he is a terrific leader and motivator of men. I think you may be reading way too much into his dealings with the press.

  • Big Joe

    I like your motivation; however, if we’re down to our 2nd and 3rd RBs, the offensive game plan will indeed change as neither of those two has Williams’ abilities. I seriously doubt Seattle will be taken off guard or be stunned into dysfunction. In fact, if the latter 2 have to enter the game for any length of time, I’d say that Seattle will actually change their scheme a bit to make sure that they can’t run the ball, which will put more pressure on Ben to pass leaving him open to a much more aggressive pass rush. DW is a far greater threat than either Todman or Toussaint.

  • Steeler-Drew

    The question didn’t have much relevance since the backup RB will only see 5-6 snaps if Williams doesn’t get hurt. But I will agree to disagree. Todman has earned the right to clearly be named as Williams backup. I have already given information to back that up. Although I do take what he says with a grain of salt at the press conferences when he was asked who would return punts he said definitively Jacoby Jones. He could have said we will spin the dial like when he was asked that question before. He actually gave more respect to Jones than Todman. With how Jones has performed so far compared to the dues Todman has paid so far, that is just wrong.

  • cencalsteeler

    Curious if there is any correlation between the Stedman Bailey incident and this release.

  • William Weaver

    My first thought was his knee. Pead had already missed a practice because of it and the Rams cut him after taking him in second round. They did just sign him without a tryout. Maybe he still isn’t healthy and when they seen he was having issues again, they cut ties before they lost Toussaint.

  • William Weaver

    The Seahawks don’t give a damn who our 3rd string RB is, nor should they. Who is theirs and who cares?