The Steelers made multiple roster moves on Saturday, including placing cornerback Joe Haden, tight end Eric Ebron and linebacker Cassius Marsh on the Reserve/COVID-19 List.
In addition, the team elevated offensive tackle Anthony Coyle and wide receiver Deon Cain to the Active/Inactive roster from the practice squad, and elevated tight end Kevin Rader and kicker Matthew Wright to the Active/Inactive roster from the practice squad as COVID-19 replacements.
Coyle, who played at Fordham, was also elevated for the Washington and Baltimore games. He was signed this offseason after playing for the New York Guardians in the XFL. He was released before the start of the regular season but signed back to the practice squad. He entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft with the Houston Texans. After spending time with the Texans, he was signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad. He also spent part of the 2019 season on the Atlanta Falcons practice squad. Coyle played in 48 games at Fordham, starting 10 at right tackle and 34 at left tackle. He was first-team All-Patriot league in his final two seasons.
Cain, who was activated for the Week 6 game vs. Cleveland, signed with the Steelers in 2019 from the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. He played in six games for the Steelers, starting three. He has been on the practice squad since the start of the 2020 season. Cain started three games for the Colts in 2019 and had four receptions for 52 yards. He finished the season with a combined nine receptions for 124 yards. Cain was drafted by the Colts in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft out of Clemson. He was injured in training camp his rookie season, spending the year on the reserve/injured list.
Wright was elevated to the Active/Inactive roster prior to the Week 16 game against Indianapolis and Week 13 game against Washington. Against Indianapolis he connected on all four of his extra point attempts. Against Washington he kicked a 37-yard field goal and hit both of his extra point attempts. The Steelers will be without Chris Boswell on Sunday, ruled out with a groin injury.
Rader, who played high school football at Pine-Richland in the Pittsburgh area, was signed to the 53-man roster on Nov. 24 and later released on Dec. 21. He had been on the practice squad since the start of the 2020 season before being activated to the 53-man roster. Rader spent the majority of the 2019 season on the Steelers' practice squad. Rader was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2018 NFL Draft, spending training camp with the team. Played collegiately at Youngstown State where he had 44 receptions for 601 yards and four touchdowns.
Notes: Defensive tackle Cameron Heyward, linebacker T.J. Watt and center Maurkice Pouncey have all been downgraded to out for the game. Those three, along with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, kicker Chris Boswell and safety Terrell Edmunds will not make the trip to Cleveland.
Cleveland Browns Saturday Moves:
The Cleveland Browns also announced the following moves:
G Blake Hance (from the Jets' practice squad)
Activated from Reserve/COVID-19:
S Karl Joseph
Elevated from practice squad:
G Cordell Iwuagwu (standard elevation)
LB Montrel Meander (COVID-19 replacement)
T Alex Taylor (COVID-19 replacement)
In addition, Browns offensive line coach Bill Callahan and assistant offensive line coach Scott Peters will not coach in Sunday's game due to COVID-19 protocols. Coaching assistant Ryan Cordell will handle the offensive line's game day coaching responsibilities.