PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t long before Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, a former Atlanta linebacker, found a new home.
The Pittsburgh Steelers added Tuioti-Mariner to their practice squad on Thursday, two days after he was released by the Falcons in a surprise move.
Tuioti-Mariner shared the team lead with two sacks and had nine tackles for Atlanta this season, though he was inactive for each of the Falcons’ last two games before being eliminated.
The Falcons initially signed Tuioti-Mariner as an unwritten rookie free agent defensive tackle in 2018. He spent nearly 1 1/2 seasons on the exhibition squad before being promoted to the 53-man roster midway through the 2019 season. His three fumbles in 2020 ranked sixth in the NFL. A year ago, he also had 31 tackles and one sack in 16 games.
Atlanta moved Tuioti-Mariner from defensive tackle to outfield defender for the 2021 season.
The Steelers have been active this season when it comes to sifting through the waiver for help from linebackers. They grabbed Taco Charlton in September and promoted him to the 53-man roster two weeks ago.
Pittsburgh signed former Denver linebacker Derrek Tuszka to the exhibition squad on September 1, and he made his way to the active roster within a month.
Pittsburgh (5-3) has won four times in a row on Sunday against the winless Detroit (0-8).
The Steelers are relatively healthy as they work through a short week following a 29-27 win over Chicago on Monday night.
Wide receiver Chase Claypool’s status is in doubt as he deals with a toe injury. Claypool didn’t train on Thursday.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was given a day off to deal with left chest, hip and right shoulder issues.
Tight end Eric Ebron practiced on Thursday and is likely to return after missing each of the past two games with a hamstring injury.
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