As Ryan Shazier continues to rehab from his spinal injury suffered last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers are working on structuring their roster without the linebacker.
The team announced on Wednesday that it placed Shazier on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List, meaning he will not count against the 90-man roster.
Shazier suffered the injury during a Dec. 4 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He underwent spinal stabilization surgery a few days later.
Placing him on the PUP list is just a formality that helps Pittsburgh gain an extra roster spot—and it should not come as a surprise.
The team drafted James Washington in the second round, which represented an interesting shift in approach at wideout after it traded Martavis Bryant to Oakland. Smith-Schuster should see north of 100 targets after 79 a year ago, maybe pulling some away from Bell’s gaudy count of 106.
Randy Fichtner’s offense might turn to Vance McDonald at tight end, but pretty much anybody should be able to get open with that cast of wideouts spacing the field and Bell a constant threat.
While the team is diverse and features elite players, Bell is in a possible contract year, Big Ben could regress at 36 and Pittsburgh sports a new coordinator, all of which keeps the Steelers just outside the top three.
Kaepernick has remained unsigned for over a year. He filed a collusion grievance against the NFL in October.
There hasn’t seemed to be much interest in Reid in free agency, despite being one of the better defensive backs on the market.
It was reported in March that Reid met with the Cincinnati Bengals in free agency and was asked about his protests during the national anthem.
Reid’s unemployment may raise more eyebrowns than Kaepernick’s. While there have been questions about Kaepernick’s ability as a quarterback or his fit with certain teams due to his specific playing style, Reid has been considered one of the better safeties in the NFL.
The quest to keep Russell Wilson healthy and upright continues.
Out is coordinator Darrell Bevell and in is Brian Schottenheimer, who served as the Colts quarterbacks coach last year, had Cheap Echl Jerseys a stint at Georgia and was last a pro offensive coordinator in 2014 with Cheap European Soccer Jerseys the then-St. Louis Rams.