The Steelers made multiple roster moves on Monday, signing linebacker Toby Ndukwe and releasing linebackers Ty Crowder and Emeke Igbole and running back Master Teague.
Ndukwe, who participated in the Steelers’ rookie junior camp on a try-out basis, played at Sam Houston State (2022) and SMU (2017-21). He played in eight Sam Houston games, starting all of them. He had 34 tackles, 19 of which were solo stops, 10 tackles for loss, five quarterback hits, two pass breakups, one interception and half a sack. While at SMU, he played in 43 games and recorded 26 tackles, six tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.
Crowder was signed by the Steelers near the end of the 2022 season from the New York Giants’ practice squad, but did not play in a game for the Black and Gold. Crowder was originally drafted by the Giants in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 255th overall pick. Crowder played in 13 games for the Giants in 2022, starting eight of them. He had one sack, a forced fumble and a pass defended last year. In his first three seasons in the NFL, he played in a total of 40 games, 28 of which he started. He started 23 of the 28 games he played in his first two seasons.
Egbule was signed to a Reserve/Future contract earlier this season after signing to the training squad in December. Prior to joining the Steelers, he spent the last three seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers, after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He played at the University of Houston where he started all 13 games in his senior season, finishing the year with 69 tackles, 5.5 for loss, and two sacks, two interceptions, four fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles.
Teague was also signed to a Reserve/Future contract earlier this season. Teague was with the Steelers for a short while at training camp last year and has spent some time on the practice squad. Teague played college ball at Ohio State (2018-21) where he rushed for 1,764 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry. Teague also caught 11 passes for 118 yards. In 2020, he rushed for eight touchdowns, third in the Big Ten. Teague, who has played in 31 games with the Buckeyes with six starts, has played on three consecutive Big Ten Championship teams and two that have advanced to the College Football Playoffs. He was a second-team All-Big Ten selection in 2020, and third-team selection in 2019.
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