Steelers waive injured LB, claim DE from Jets

Ankle injury ends fourth-year player's time in Pittsburgh

The Steelers cut ties with a player many felt had the potential to battle for playing time this season Wednesday when they waived injured linebacker Ulysses Gilbert III.

The former 2019 sixth-round pick injured his ankle earlier this week, and was set to miss extended time due to the injury.

In three seasons in Pittsburgh, Gilbert III played in 28 games and made 25 tackles while being primarily used on special teams. Last season, he scored Pittsburgh's second touchdown of the 2021 season when he recovered a blocked punt in Week 1 against the Bills.

Gilbert III had been battling for a depth spot at inside linebacker.

In his place, the team claimed former Jets defensive end Hamilcar Rashed off waivers. He will likely line up at outside linebacker for Pittsburgh.

Rashed, an Oregon State alum, signed with New York as an undrafted free agent last year, and made oner tackle during his rookie season.

The Steelers are now fairly thin at inside linebacker, with Marcus Allen having also missed extended time with a hamstring injury.

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