Miguel Maysonet’s journey through the NFL was put on hold this morning when the Pittsburgh Steelers included him in the team’s first round of cuts with the start of the regular season just under two weeks away.
Maysonet, the former Riverhead Hansen Award winner, spent the entire training camp with the Steelers as one of several running backs vying for a spot behind the two presumed locks: Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount. Maysonet’s chances looked as if they may have increased when Bell and Blount were arrested last week for marijuana possession before the team’s third preseason game, according to media reports.
But Bell and Blount both played the majority of Thursday’s preseason game against Philadelphia.
The Steelers also cut running back Jordan Hall, leaving six players vying for running back positions. Teams must reduce their rosters to 75 players by 4 p.m. today and then 53 by 4 p.m. Saturday.
Pittsburgh was the seventh NFL city Maysonet has been in since April 2013. He spent most of training camp last year with the Cleveland Browns before being cut prior to the start of the regular season. Maysonet bounced around practice squads for the Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets and Washington Redskins.
Teams can begin adding players to their eight-man practice squads at noon Sunday. Three seasons is the max a player can play on a practice squad.