Steelers Sign WR Cobi Hamilton Off Practice Squad; Waive CB Al-Hajj Shabazz

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers made a transaction on Saturday and included them signing a wide receiver off of their practice squad.

Signed to the 53-man roster on Saturday was wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, who has been on the team’s practice squad all season. To make room for Hamilton on the roster, cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz was waived.

Hamilton, who signed originally with the Steelers just after training camp started this year, caught 8 passes for 84 yards in the four preseason games that he played in. He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth-round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Arkansas. Since entering the league he has only dressed for one NFL playoff game.

The Steelers promoted Hamilton on Saturday being as wide receivers Markus Wheaton and Sammie Coates are both currently dealing with injuries. Wheaton was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins on Friday with a shoulder injury while Coates headed into the weekend listed as questionable because of a finger injury that he suffered last Sunday in the Steelers win over the New York Jets.

The Steelers should get wide receiver Eli Rogers back on the field on Sunday as the second-year player was able to practice fully all week after missing the team’s last two games with a toe injury. He’ll likely see extensive playing time against the Dolphins in the slot.

As for Shabazz, he will likely be signed back to the Steelers practice squad on Monday or Tuesday. He was promoted last Saturday from the team’s practice squad and played 6 defensive snaps against the Jets.

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  • WreckIess

    I wonder if there will ever be a game where we don’t have a starter miss because of injury. If Coates misses then he’ll be the 27th player we’ve had miss a game with an injury this season.

  • dany

    ugh he’s wearing #83:(

  • dennisdoubleday

    Cobi could put up some numbers tomorrow. I’m loving our WR depth.

  • LucasY59

    I agree, but at least he isnt a TE, It they dont give out 86 they shouldnt give out 83 IMO

  • Doug

    Hines will be a hall of famer. Heath won’t sniff the hall of fame. If you refuse to give out the number of every solid player throughout the years, there won’t be any numbers left in a few years.

  • LucasY59

    swapping guys from the bottom of the roster and the PS, NBD

    I dont think Hamilton will get many snaps, but he did well enough in preseason that if he does he should do well enough (helping Coates get healthy is important)

  • LucasY59

    True, but Miller was respected by the organization just as much as Ward, they let 88 be used (and Ayers was 82 until 15 became available to him) so the HOF reason doesn’t work since the WRs that are already in the Hall have their #s being used

    also I would be fine if they made #83 unavailable for this season, after that I agree they cant keep #s from being used (especially when they already have a lot of unofficially retired #s)

    with 13,16, 19, 80 and 82 available they could’ve made Hamilton use a different jersey this yr

    one other thing is that Heath probably doesnt care (Ben is probably the most upset, other than some of us fans)

  • Jaybird

    It’s gotta suck to be that guy who is always one injury away from getting called up and one injury away from getting waived.

  • Jaybird

    Give it to Jesses James – at least he’s a decent guy and good player who will represent it well.

  • dany

    if im not mistaken he’s been 18 since high school, and got lucky enough to have the reverse in the nfl so Im sure he loves his #

  • John Pennington

    Steelers are going to lose one of these guys playing this game on and off waviers only to try to pick them up Monday always need a corner to bring along but to sign wr for what 1 game or 2 then wave him him when does this craziness stop it wont until these Players are picked up by other teams or the players get tried of this game and sign elsewhere should get paid extra having to go thru this c

  • Steeler-Drew

    If they lose Shabazz over this move I can’t see how it would be worth it for what will probably be a 1 game call-up against a team they should beat handily without the services of Coates or Hamilton. I know they have lost games like this in past but if they lose this game I feel pretty confident it won’t be blamed on a lack of production from the WR position. Hopefully it doesn’t bite them, Shabazz seems like good depth at a position you always need depth in. I’m assuming they don’t want to lose Shabazz and feel pretty good about their chances of re-signing him to the practice squad.

  • Matthew Marczi

    He was fine sitting on the practice squad for the first month of the season, during which any team could have signed him if they wanted him. Chances are very slim that he gets claimed.

  • Steeler-Drew

    You are probably right. After losing some players in the past it’s natural to feel a little squeamish. If I’m not mistaken they thought enough of him to give him some playing time when he was active.

  • Jeff Burton

    Usually teams won’t claim other team’s practice squad guys once the season is started. It’s only bush league teams like the Jets, Cardinals and Bungholes that do it. That and desperate teams depleted by injury with no other choice. Most teams feel their roster is set going into the season and their practice squad is the depth they need.