Offensive tackle Brian Mihalik will get a chance to show what he can do this year, as the Steelers have signed him to the active roster. He was previously working on the practice squad for the Detroit Lions.
The Steelers did have some history with Mihalik, though. He was with the team for part of training camp and the offseason in 2016. He didn’t initially make the cut, found work in Detroit, but now has a second chance with the Steelers.
The team did cut offensive lineman Matt Feiler, making room on the roster. Mihalik will simply take his spot and try to work his way onto the field.
An emphasis on line play may be needed if QB Ben Roethlisberger misses time, as he’s expected to following knee surgery. The Steelers will need to focus more on the running game and they’ll have to protect backup QB Landry Jones. Jones has said he thinks Roethlisberger could play this week, but it would be a surprise if he did, especially since the team has just one more game before the bye week.
The Steelers also decided to bring a cornerback back to their practice squad, signing Al-Hajj Shabazz. He was on the practice squad for the first four weeks, got moved up to the active roster, played in Week 5 against the Jets – his NFL debut – and then was cut three days ago. That cut was apparently just a move to get him back to the practice squad, and he can again work his way back toward the active roster.
Mihalik played his college ball at Boston College, where he was actually a defensive end.