Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) catches a pass in front of Avery Williamson (54) in the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers added newly acquired linebacker Avery Williamson to their 53-man roster on Saturday while releasing veteran offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski.

Pittsburgh got Williamson in a trade with the New York Jets on Monday, a move designed to provide roster depth at a position decimated by injuries to starter Devin Bush and backup Ulysses Gilbert. Williamson, however, is likely to be inactive for Sunday's visit to Dallas after missing practice this week due to COVID-19 quarantine protocols. The Steelers also added linebacker Jayrone Elliott to the roster. Elliott likely will see action on special teams against the Cowboys.

The decision to cut Wisnieski ends a brief homecoming for the Pittsburgh native. The Steelers signed Wisniewski to a two-year deal in March. He suffered a pectoral injury in a season-opening win over the New York Giants and was placed on injured reserve. The team activated him two weeks ago but the injury continued to linger.

The Steelers also cut running back Trey Edmunds, the brother of starting safety Terrell Edmunds.

Pittsburgh moved rookie defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr. to the active roster. Brooks will be put back on the practice squad immediately following the game. The Steelers also signed defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas to the practice squad.


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