Steelers drop injured DE Calvin Taylor
The Steelers have given up on injured defensive end Calvin Taylor, the team announced Monday.
Taylor appeared in the team’s opener against the Cowboys on Thursday, but didn’t record any stats. He was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent ahead of the 2020 season. Taylor was cut by the Steelers at the end of training camp and re-signed to the practice squad, where he spent the entire 2020 season.
The 6-foot-9, 310-pound defensive end was an All-SEC selection as a senior at Kentucky in 2019. Taylor ended his Wildcats career with 85 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, five broken passes, three rushes, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
The Steelers regain almost the full depth of their defensive line starting in 2020 and have also added fifth-round pick Isaiahh Loudermilk to the mix. Taylor had fought to keep his place on the practice squad.
If Taylor clears the waivers, he will revert to the team’s reserve injured list. He would then be eligible to return to the active roster at least eight weeks after the start of the season, or sooner if the NFL adopts the 2020 roster rules for that season.
Taylor is the fifth player the Steelers have left with an injury designation this offseason, joining defensive tackle Demarcus Christmas, tight end Dax Raymond, cornerback DeMarkus Acy and offensive lineman Anthony Coyle. The other four waivers were canceled and returned to the reserve injured list.