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Steelers make roster moves ahead of kickoff

The Steelers made roster moves ahead of today's game against the Ravens. Center Maurkice Pouncey was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 List and running back Wendell Smallwood and offensive lineman Anthony Coyle were elevated from the practice squad to the Active/Inactive roster as COVID-19 replacements.

Pouncey, one of the team's offensive captains, has started every game this season.

Smallwood was signed by the Steelers on July 28 but released prior to the start of the regular season. He was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 7, where he has been all season. He played in 15 games for Washington last season, with 22 carries for 81 yards, a 3.7-yard average. He also added nine receptions for 64 yards. Smallwood was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the 153rd overall selection. In three seasons he had 211 carries for 850 yards and five touchdowns. Smallwood played college football at West Virginia.

Coyle, who played at Fordham, was signed in April after playing for the New York Guardians in the XFL and has been on the practice squad since then. 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.