The Pittsburgh Steelers announced that they’ve waived four players including RB Brandon Brown-Dukes, RB Gus Johnson, WR Canaan Severin and CB Al-Hajj Shabazz on Monday.
Shabazz, 24, originally signed on with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent out of West Chester in July of 2015 but was waived as the team trimmed their roster down to 75 players.
The Steelers signed him to a future/reserve contract in February of last year but was waived as the team got down to the 53-man limit. He was signed to the team’s practice squad after clearing waivers.
Shabazz was on and off of the Steelers’ active roster last year and had a brief stint with the Texans before returning to Pittsburgh in December.
In 2016, Shabazz appeared in eight games and recorded just one tackle.
Johnson, 23, originally signed on with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Stephen F. Austin back in May of 2015. He lasted just a few days with Oakland before he was waived and later signed on with the Cowboys.
Johnson was on and off of the Cowboys’ practice squad before signing on to the Falcons’ taxi squad back in October. The Falcons signed him to a future/reserve contract in January before cutting him loose soon after.
After a brief stint with the Chargers, Johnson returned to the Falcons before eventually signing on to the Steelers’ practice squad this past January.
Johnson has yet to appear in an NFL game.
Brown-Dukes, 24, wound up signing a three-year, $1.62 million contract with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Mercyhurst back in May. He was, unfortunately, waived coming out of the preseason but was added to the Steelers’ practice squad at the start of the season.
Brown-Dukes was on and off of the Steelers’ taxi squad last year.
During the preseason, Brown-Dukes appeared in three games for the Steelers and rushed for seven yards on six carries to go along with two receptions for 15 yards receiving and no touchdowns.