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Steelers promote RB Edmunds

The Steelers have signed running back Trey Edmunds to the 53-man roster on Tuesday, giving the team depth at the position. James Conner left the Chargers game with what Coach Mike Tomlin referred to as a lower leg contusion postgame. The team also has rookie Jaylen Samuels and veteran Stevan Ridley at running back.

Edmunds, whose younger brother Terrell Edmunds was the team's No. 1 draft pick this year, was on the practice squad since the start of the regular season.

Edmunds was originally signed by the New Orleans Saints in 2017 as an undrafted rookie free agent from Maryland. He had nine carries for 48 yards and a touchdown in 16 regular season games. He added three kickoff returns for 65 yards.

In a related move to make room on the roster the team placed wide receiver Justin Hunter on the reserve/injured list after he left Sunday's game against the Chargers injured.

The team also signed linebacker Matthew Thomas to the practice squad. Thomas was waived last week when Ola Adeniyi was signed to the active roster. Thomas, who originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent from Florida State this year, played in 10 games this season. To make room for him on the practice squad the team released linebacker Farrington Huguenin.