Steelers Sign OT Jake Rodgers, Release WR Justin Thomas


The Pittsburgh Steelers made a practice squad swap today, signing OT Jake Rodgers to their practice squad. WR Justin Thomas was released in a corresponding move, the team announced moments ago.

Rodgers, who signed a futures contract back in the winter, spent all of camp with the team but was released at final cutdowns. The move was likely made necessary given some of the injuries along the offensive line, primarily Marcus Gilbert’s hamstring injury. Mike Tomlin said it would limit Gilbert early in the week.


Thomas was one of the last players signed during the preseason, logging only one snap in the final game against Carolina. A converted QB in college, he was signed to the practice squad after Demarcus Ayers turned down his practice squad offer.

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  • NickSteelerFan

    Hubbard said that Matt Feiler is next up if he himself needs replaced at OT. They already have 9 OLinemen on the 53. Is this bad news for Hawkins?

  • george

    His development is definitely being hampered. Last year the shoulder, this year the knee.

  • RickM

    A right-side call-up guy. I assume Gilbert’s hamstring will likely keep him on the sidelines for a while, as virtually all hamstring injuries do. Hope it’s not too long. Stay healthy Mr. Hubbard in the meantime.

  • Jason Vancil

    I need to lay off the sauce. I read the header as Steelers release WR Justin Hunter. Geez.

  • steeltown

    Hawkins is still injured. They need healthy OL bodies in practice.

  • Alex Kozora

    No more Bloody Mary’s to start your day, Jason.

  • Brian Miller

    Or you need to drink enough until you can focus on the image in the middle!

  • Craig M

    Alex, what your take on Timmons- any plus side us trying to get him?

  • VaDave

  • Denny

    That could potentially be the headline on Saturday if both Gilbert and Hawkins can’t play on Sunday.

  • VaDave

    LOL! Been tested for dyslexia? I read the same thing…

  • VaDave

    Craig, I’m not going to speak for Alex, but we have no clue what is going on with Timmons. As it stands, he is property of the Dolphins, and if there is anything the Steelers might be interested in, assuming all is well, our interest is going to be directly proportional to what Miami will want as compensation.

  • Craig M

    Timmons suspended indefinitely and Miami just traded for a replacement, I believe.

  • Putter

    guess I’ll put my Justin Thomas jersey on the top shelf.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Justin fit in really well with the GT offense. I figured he’d have a hard time catching on in the NFL but good luck to him.