In addition to trimming their 75-man active roster down to 53 players on Saturday, the Pittsburgh Steelers also waived one player from their Reserve/Injured list.
Waived Saturday was wide receiver Shakim Phillips, who started this year’s training camp on the team’s Active/PUP list with a sports hernia. During the first week of August, Phillips was waived injured from PUP and then reverted to the team’s Reserve/Injured list after clearing waivers.
Phillips originally signed with the Steelers in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of Boston College and ultimately spent his entire rookie season on the team’s practice squad. He was signed to a futures contract this past January but went on to miss quite a bit of practice time during the team’s OTA practices because of an injury.
With Phillips now gone the Steelers currently have six players on their Reserve/Injured list and they are Bruce Gradkowski, Jerald Hawkins, Kevin Anderson, Cole Manhart, Canaan Severin, and Valerian Ume-Ezeoke. However, cornerback Senquez Golson is expected to be added to this list on either Sunday or Monday.
In related news, Steelers rookie undrafted free agent tight end Paul Lang, who was waived Saturday, received an injury settlement as part of that transaction, according to the league’s official daily release.