Steelers Sign WR Justin Thomas To Practice Squad; Release T Jake Rodgers

The Pittsburgh Steelers return from their bye week on Monday and will now start preparing for their Week 10 road game against the Indianapolis Colts. On Monday the team started their week with a minor practice squad transaction.

Signed back to the practice squad again on Monday was wide receiver Justin Thomas and to make room for him the team released tackle Jake Rodgers. Rodgers had been on the practice squad this time around since the middle of October and he replaced Thomas on the 10-man unit at that time.

This move likely means that starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert is expected to return this coming weekend from his hamstring injury that’s kept him sidelined for several weeks.

The Steelers first injury report for Week 10 will be released on Wednesday and head coach Mike Tomlin is expected to update the health of the team on Tuesday during his weekly press conference.




  • AndyR34

    Thanks, Dave! When I saw the headline, my exact thoughts were…Gilbert is back.

  • The thing is…if Richard Mann can teach Justin Thomas how to be a slot receiver–he was a triple option QB at Georgia Tech–the guy is blazing fast [at least 4.35 or less] and ultra quick…and he definitely knows what to do with the ball and has moves to match. He’d be a YAC nightmare and no mistake! On the other hand, its a HUGE uphill climb to transition to WR from QB. Randal El did it, and so did Kordell Stewart. You never know…

  • Rocksolid20

    Calm down , it’s just the PS .

  • ImMikeD

    Shortly after the signing, Ju Ju tweeted that the Steelers just signed Bryant’s replacement

  • Definitely! On the other hand…Mike Hilton was a former UFDA practice squad player after multiple cuts. The coaches obviously see potential in Thomas, or they wouldn’t have re-signed him. Considering our non-production from Rogers, Hunter, or DHB [as a receiver], one can hope.