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Steelers add an XFL running back to the 90-man roster

The Pittsburgh Steelers have added another running back to their 90 man training camp roster after rookie Alfonso Graham announced on Monday his shoulder injury is going to cost him the 2023 season. According to NFL insider Aaron Wilson, the Steelers worked out several players on Monday for a potential roster spot:

While The Steelers have not made any official announcement of a roster move, there is at least one addition coming up as the XFL has announced that running back John Lovett of the Vegas Vipers has signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

John Lovett played four seasons at Baylor from 2017 through 2020 before finishing his college career at Penn State in 2021. Lovett had 17 touchdowns in his four seasons at Baylor. With the Vegas Vipers this spring, Lovett had 59 rushing attempts for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Undrafted in the 2022 NFL draft, Lovett signed with the Carolina Panthers and spent part of the 2022 season on the practice squad.

Adding Lovett to the roster will not require a roster move at this time as fullback Monte Pottebaum was placed on the reserve/retired list this past weekend. Although it is expected for Graham to be waived/injured at some point, the Steelers do not have to make that move yet unless they are signing more than one player to the roster. Because he is not a vested veteran, Graham must go through waivers before he can revert to the Steelers injured list.

Being less than a week since the start of training camp, and the fact the Steelers have yet to have their first padded practice, there are bound to be more roster moves throughout the preseason.

Stay tuned to Steel Curtain Network’s continued coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2023 training camp.

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