Steelers Sign LB L.J. Fort Off Practice Squad; Release LB Steven Johnson

The Pittsburgh Steelers made one roster move before leaving for Chicago as linebacker L.J. Fort was signed off the team’s practice squad and linebacker Steven Johnson was released to make room for him.

Fort was released a few weeks ago and ultimately signed to the 10-man practice squad. That move included Johnson being signed to the 53-man roster.

The timing of this move once again is curious, but even so, Fort is only expected to play on special teams Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of Johnson on the team’s 53-man roster as he and Fort are likely to be juggled most of the season if healthy.


  • Ray

    Just going for a record or something at this point

  • Dance Stevie Johnson! Dance!


    Is this a match up thing, or is it performance/health based?

  • MattHat121

    Wondering the same thing. Neither would see much action on D, but if they had to, Fort is better in coverage (for the Tarik Cohen threat).

  • capehouse

    So they’re just alternating pay checks?

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Now release Golden and sign Dangerfield. For the love of all that is holy, please.

  • John Noh

    I think Brandon Brown-Dukes still holds the record.

  • Matthew Marczi

    This probably won’t be possible for another three weeks. In order for a player who was waived with an injury settlement to return to the team that released him, he has to wait the duration of the injury settlement (which is now over obviously given that he had a workout with the Lions) plus an additional three weeks. Even then I wouldn’t get my hopes up though.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I…don’t think anybody knows, to be honest.

  • Sam Clonch

    I don’t und…..I mean what’s the poi…. Ah, whatever…

  • John Pennington

    You hate seeing players get released but this was the right move to bad Dangerfield didnt find his way back.

  • Sam Clonch

    Ross Ventrone, by a MILE!

  • Matthew Marczi

    The only logical reaction.

  • Steel Squirrel

    Come on, it’s musical line-backers. Get with the program, bro.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    ventrone, dangerfield, cooper and hilton all have bbd beaten.

  • Doogie

    Stop ruining everything with logic!!

  • LucasY59

    better than being on the couch for SJ and and better than the PS for LJ

  • LucasY59

    yep bbd never made a 53

  • Michael Mosgrove

    musical chairs continues.

  • Conserv_58

    Hey Steve, Kevin Colbert said he wants to see you.

    Johnson: Aw MANN! Tell ’em I’ll be up right after I grab my suitcase.”

  • William Weaver

    Hope that isn’t a sign Shazier “tweeked” something

  • MintDragon

    It’s only temporary. Stevie Johnson is the team yo-yo when they need a roster spot. I think this is the 3rd time he’s been cut this season.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Beats me…opine away.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m so confused!

  • Matt Manzo

    It’s gotta have something to do with special teams! Maybe too many starters, who played ST, getting hurt last week? Maybe Fort has a bit more speed? Idk!

  • William Weaver

    I was thinking Steven was on roster if spot was just ST’s and Fort was on roster if spot was or might be needed for defense. I could be wrong like usual but hard to understand this one.

  • Steel Your Face

    Finkle is Einhorn. Winn horn is Finkle…

  • Lambert58

    Uh… well at least Fort is back. I think he’s the better ILB.

  • Reader783

    Al-Hajj Shabazz last year too…he was cut and signed between 53 and practice squad by us AND the Texans like crazy

  • pittsburghjoe

    He is a good athlete. I wonder what his ceiling is?

  • Rotten Sircus

    I don’t get it, Do they like the guy or not ???

  • I feel like the hardcore fan base is being trolled.

  • pittsburghjoe

    They do, then they dont, then they do, then they dont, then they do.

  • Piratte fan 4 life

    just keep Fort let Him – hold down the fort as it were

  • steeltown

    Hurts the depth, but, maybe some other Team was trying to sign Fort off squad team?

  • Mister Wirez

    Gotta be a money/contract thing.

  • PaeperCup

    I’m so confused! Perhaps this is how they keep 54 on their roster

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Under the Big Top is the song that comes to mind watching these practice squad transactions. I’m sure there is a method to the madness

  • Trey

    What’s the purpose of this??? Why do they keep releasing and signing LJ Fort. Come on Front Office. Make up your damn mind. If only they were as active in trading with other teams as they are with releasing and resigning LJ Fort. Go grab Butler from the Pats. Give them Fort plus a 5th Rd pick in 2019 and we should be good.

  • Aj Gentile

    Matthew is that the same rule for PS to?

  • Conserv_58

    What sucks for Johnson is how the on again, off again yoyo lifestyle affects his private life. It’s gotta drive him nuts trying to manage his personal affairs. I wonder if he has a job that he goes to when he’s cut.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I’m not sure, but if I were to guess, I would assume so. The stipulation is designed to prevent teams from exploiting the injury settlement process.