Steelers Release RB Brandon Brown-Dukes From Practice Squad

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a minor transaction on Monday as running back Brandon Brown-Dukes was released from the team’s practice squad.

This move isn’t overtly surprising with starting running back Le’Veon Bell now able to return this week from his three-game suspension. The release of Brown-Dukes, however, now means that the Steelers have an open spot on their practice squad and that will likely be filled in the coming days.

As reported earlier on Monday, the Steelers have until late Thursday afternoon to activate Bell to their 53-man roster as an exemption is in place until then. The team is expected to release either Daryl Richardson or Fitzgerald Toussaint in order to make room for Bell on the roster and either would then become a candidate to fill the open spot on the practice squad should that ultimately happen.

Brown-Dukes has bounced on and off the Steelers practice squad a few times since the 2016 regular season got underway.

  • John Noh

    I’m guessing it’ll be #38 who’ll get the demotion.

  • Applebite

    As frustrated as Steelers fans are right now, I do believe the only man more frustrated with the Steelers right now is Brown-Dukes.

  • Alex Kozora

    lol so true

  • Steve Johnson

    There was a time when Martavis Bryant and LeVeon Bell would have been cut after their 2nd offense. Things have changed; it’s a shame they have to cut a player to make room for an often troubled player like Bell. Great talent, highly unreliable off the field.

  • Michael Pennant

    3 strikes and your out

  • H.K. northern cali

    Can they release L T and J.H?

  • LucasY59

    I think he would understand the business (and shouldve expected it)

  • LucasY59

    didnt realize both Fitz and D-rich had PS eligibility, I think Richardson is going to be the one cut, but since he can go to the PS he would be a really good option to go to the squad as injury insurance, Toussaint sticks on the 53 because of his ST contributions

  • Steelers12

    But Fitz hasn’t been impressive in that department

  • Steelers12

    Life in the NFL

  • Pack

    Why would they do that?

  • gdeuce

    then according to you they should’ve cut Ben after he was accused of rape

  • Michael Mosgrove

    has anyone on the steelers ben consistently impressive this year?

  • PittsburghSports

    My money is on Fitz being cut.

  • Steve Johnson

    The key word, accused and yet never charged of either incident. Yes, he made some poor decisions off the field, definitely a Chicken Hawk, he was still trying to live the college life. He brought shame to himself, his family, the Steelers as well. Not defending his actions, but he was never charged. Can we say the same for Bryant and Bell?

  • Steve Johnson

    It will be interesting, Fitz plays Special Teams. I think Richardson runs harder and with more power, but I think he will be the odd man out.

  • steelburg

    Richardson will be kept until David Cobb is up to speed IMO. Or maybe they keep them all and bring them into camp next year.

  • PittsburghSports

    Yeah Fitz played 15 snaps on ST and Richardson played 5, but Fitz got shut out on O while Richardson got 2 snaps over him.

  • Rotten Sircus

    Keep Daryl Richardson ..(IMO)

  • gdeuce

    his actions cost the team the same as Bell, and at the time there was no guarantee he wouldn’t be getting into more trouble