Steelers Sign RB Brandon Brown-Dukes To Practice Squad

On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed running back Daryl Richardson to their 53-man roster from the team’s practice squad and on Monday they filled that vacated spot with a familiar face.

Signed to the practice squad on Monday was running back Brandon Brown-Dukes, who was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent this past May out of Mercyhurst.

After failing to make the Steelers 53-man roster out of training camp, Brown-Dukes was signed to the team’s practice squad. He was released from the 10-man unit two weeks into the regular season and that unemployment only last a few days as he was re-signed back to the practice squad the following week. However, that second stint only lasted one week as he was again released.

During the preseason, Brown Dukes carried the football six times for 7 yards and caught two passes for another 15 yards in the three games that he played in.

With veteran running back DeAngelo Williams currently sidelined with a knee injury and starting running back Le’Veon Bell coming off a game that featured him touching the football 37 times, the Steelers probably needed an extra body to help absorb a few carries during their short week of practices.

  • Alex Kozora

    Dustin Vaughan. Good times…

  • NW86

    Nothing against BBD, but this one surprises me a little. They have Fitz, T-Rich, and Karlos all waiting too pickup some extra practice snaps, that seems like plenty of bodies to me.

  • Sam Clonch

    Whattup Mercyhurst!!!

  • Sam Clonch

    It’s Daryl Richardson, with a D. (God help us if we ever pick up Trent Richardson).

  • NW86

    Ha, I fixed it now. That was a scary slip-up.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Im sick of seeing this guy on the PS. Whats his darn role? The RB Inn is full.

  • Ken

    There was a stretch Sunday where Bell got the ball so much, too much. I thought what are they doing, give him a break. I never understand why coaches run players into the ground, especially running backs. We have a Thursday night game on top of it, we could have risked giving another back a few carries in this game…

  • Steelers12

    a Mike Tomlin favorite i see

  • Michael Mosgrove

    running back musical chairs continues.

  • LucasY59

    can add another nickname, in addition to “hyphenated” and “mercyhurst” they can call him “yo-yo” (which also has a hyphen!)

  • Michael Mosgrove

    screw that. run the wheels off bell then tag him. 4 years and 1 complete season? and he wants big bucks? fool cant stay healthy or off weed. we havent gotten the moneys worth still. he’s missed 13 games in the regular season he’s fumbled 3 times this year not to mention being unavailable 2 years in playoff make or break time.

  • John Pennington

    I like Dukes but he could have been signed after the season.A team that needs dlineman to help stop the run and get after the qb this signing makes no sense at all.Need help at safety and linebacker not a running back at this time shows coaches dont know what they are doing.Run Karlos need a big back to beatup on the other teams dline.

  • Jeff McNeill

    Lol he played the total of his contract in 2014 all the rest is bonus.

  • Jeff McNeill

    I sometimes wonder why many of us fans are not coaches, we sure think we know better than current coaches.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Right. Because one season is worth 4 million.

  • Jeff McNeill

    I would say a year like that is worth 8-12 mill in the NFL.

  • walter

    Mobile tackle dummy?

  • Applebite

    Perhaps they’re anticipating Karlos Williams being taken from them, or…..Karlos Williams isn’t all he’s cracked out to be? It just seems a bit strange that they’d sign BBD back again, when they have plenty of RBs available. Even if D-Will had to shut it down for the year, they’d still have plenty of RBs to lean on.

  • Ken

    Yeah your sorta of missing my point, I want to get more out of him – if we can keep him healthy by not running him into the ground, he might be able to help us down the stretch. He has his faults, but he plays his but off every game when he is in there.