The Steelers brought back a familiar face, signing tackle Jerald Hawkins who was most recently on the Houston Texans practice squad. The team also placed Zach Banner on the reserve/injured list after he suffered a knee injury on Monday night against the New York Giants.
Hawkins was selected by the Steelers in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft and spent three seasons in the black and gold. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the start of the 2019 season. He played in one game for Tampa.
Hawkins was signed by the Houston Texans during training camp this year but waived on the cutdown to the 53-man roster. He was then added to their practice squad.
Hawkins missed the 2018 season after suffering a knee injury during organized team activities (OTAs). Hawkins played in five regular season games in 2017, starting one.
Hawkins, who played college football at LSU and came out after his junior year, missed his rookie season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.