Switzer (foot) was waived by the Steelers on Saturday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
The Steelers could try to bring back Switzer with some injury-related roster shenanigans, but for the moment he'll pass through waivers. The selection of Chase Claypool in the 2020 NFL Draft and emergence of castaway Ray-Ray McCloud made Switzer's skillset expendable, although his status as a 2017 fourth-round pick likely will secure, at minimum, a practice squad spot down the road.
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Switzer (foot) is day-to-day after missing Friday's practice, Tribune-Review Sports reports.
Switzer sustained the injury during Tuesday's practice and hasn't made it back onto the field yet, but Tomlin doesn't seem too concerned. The 25-year-old should return soon, but most of his contributions this year will be as a returner since the Steelers selected receiver Chase Claypool in the second round of April's draft.
Switzer suffered a foot injury at Tuesday's practice, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
Switzer did not return to practice after suffering the injury. Health permitting, Switzer looks primed to serve as a depth receiver and contributor in the return games for Pittsburgh.
Switzer is in a solid position to retain his spot on the Steelers' season-opening roster, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
The 25-year-old caught eight passes for 27 yards and appeared in only eight games last season due to a back injury, but the trust he's earned from the team gives him an edge for a roster spot. Switzer has primarily worked as a returner and will likely fill a similar role, assuming he remains with the team.
Switzer (back) finished the 2019 season on injured reserve.
Switzer's season was cut short due to a back injury after he hauled in eight passes on 11 targets for 27 yards . He also totaled 195 return yards. Switzer is a mediocre receiver who may no longer be needed in 2020 for his return skills with the addition of Diontae Johnson. Switzer has one year remaining on his contract.
Pittsburgh announced Thursday that Switzer (back) has been designated to return from injured reserve.
Since Switzer was first placed on injured reserve in Week 11, he won't be eligible to play for at least two more weeks. As such, he won't be available for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Ravens, and he would also remain out for a potential wild-card game the following week, should the Steelers make the playoffs.
The Steelers placed Switzer (back) on injured reserve Thursday, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Switzer suffered a back injury during Sunday's win over the Rams, the severity of which will cause him to spend the rest of the season on injured reserve. In his absence, James Washington and Diontae Johnson stand to see work fielding kicks and punts, respectively.
Switzer (back) is ruled out for Thursday's matchup against the Browns, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Switzer was listed as a DNP all week, so he'll miss the first game of his career. The third-year pro makes most of his impact as a returner, so James Washington and Diontae Johnson are in line to field kicks and punts, respectively. Switzer's absence hurts the Steelers' wideout depth as well, so they may bring up a practice-squad receiver.
Switzer (back) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
This was the team's first official practice of the week, and Switzer was held out due to the back injury he suffered during this past Sunday's win over the Rams. The wideout is trending toward missing his first career game unless he can practice in some capacity Wednesday. If Switzer's indeed ruled out for Thursday's matchup against the Browns, the Steelers may promote Terry Wright or Tevin Jones from the practice squad for depth.
Switzer (back) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate.
Switzer dealt with a back injury last week but was able to suit up for this past Sunday's win over the Rams. However, it appears he aggravated the issue, as the 25-year-old left the game early and didn't return. He'll need to get on the practice field in some capacity to have a shot at suiting up Thursday against the Browns, but his initial practice report has him trending the wrong direction in a short week. The Steelers have four other healthy wideouts, so they'll likely need to bring another player aboard if Switzer is ruled out.
Switzer (back) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Rams, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
Switzer was managing the back injury heading into Sunday and was forced out in the fourth quarter of the game. As long as he's out, look for James Washington to take over kick return duties and Diontae Johnson to field punts.
Switzer (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Switzer sat out of Wednesday's practice, but that appears to have been a precautionary move. The third-year pro is slated to suit up Sunday against the Rams, and he should resume duties as the team's main punt and kick returner.
Switzer (back) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
Switzer has suited up in all eight games this year, and he's now in jeopardy of missing his first game since entering the league in 2017. He works predominately as a return man, so James Washington and Diontae Johnson are on reserve to return kicks and punts, respectively, if Switzer can't play Sunday against the Rams.
Switzer was only present for five snaps on special teams in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.
Switzer didn't see any snaps on offense Sunday after seeing 46 snaps in Week 1 and 13 snaps in Week 2. It's unclear why Switzer's role has decreased so harshly, although it seems likely that the absence of Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) is at least partially to blame.
Switzer hauled in one of four targets for zero yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks.
After a respectable season opener of six catches for 29 yards, Switzer regressed harshly. Part of his struggles were definitely due to Mason Rudolph taking over for Ben Roethlisberger (elbow) halfway through the game. He'll now have a full week to build chemistry with Rudolph, who will be the Steelers' starter the rest of the way.
Switzer had six receptions for 29 yards in Pittsburgh's 33-3 loss to New England on Sunday.
On a night when the Steelers couldn't do much of anything on offense Switzer showed he can be a contributor. Although his total receiving yardage wasn't much, he hauled in all six of his targets, a notable accomplishment considering Ben Roethlisberger completed just 57 percent of his passes. He also looked good on special teams, averaging 21.5 yards on kick returns. Still, it is difficult for fantasy owners to insert Switzer in their starting lineups in Week 2 against Seattle.
Switzer caught his only target for a five-yard gain in Saturday's preseason win over the Chiefs.
Despite moving past the quad injury that bothered him at the start of training camp, Switzer has caught just one pass on 37 snaps in two exhibition contests, getting most of his playing time with the second-string offense. Mark Kaboly of the Athletic believes Switzer remains on track for a roster spot, with a good chance to see more snaps on the starting offense when Ben Roethlisberger makes his lone preseason appearance Thursday in Carolina. There's potential for Switzer or Eli Rogers to see regular slot work if the Steelers are comfortable moving JuJu Smith-Schuster outside on a regular basis. There's also the matter of Switzer being listed No. 1 on the preseason depth chart for both kick and punt returns, though he hasn't seen any work in that area through two weeks.
Switzer exited Wednesday's practice with a quadriceps injury, Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The severity of the injury isn't clear, but Switzer can't afford an extended absence with his roster status on shaky ground heading into the regular season. Switzer helped himself by impressing the coaching staff during offseason work, but he'll still face stiff competition for targets out of the slot from Eli Rogers in training camp and the preseason. There could be a path for both players to make the roster if the other depth options behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncrief (finger), James Washington and third-round rookie Diontae Johnson fail to turn heads.
Switzer was impressive during spring practices while competing with Eli Rogers for slot work, Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports.
The competition between Rogers and Switzer could lead to a role with regular targets if the Steelers primarily use JuJu Smith-Schuster outside. That calculation likely depends on a number of factors, including the team's confidence in Donte Moncrief, James Washington and/or Diontae Johnson -- a trio competing for snaps outside. In any case, Switzer has a good shot to earn a spot on the 53-man roster, with his ability to return punts and kickoffs potentially creating a role even if he ultimately loses out to Rogers.
Switzer (ankle) is taking part in voluntary workouts this spring, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
There don't appear to be any lasting effects from the ankle surgery Switzer reportedly underwent in January, which bodes well for his ability to simply focus on his craft during his first full offseason in Pittsburgh. While Switzer currently seems to have an uphill battle towards gaining a fantasy-relevant receiving role on a roster that also includes JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Donte Moncrief and Eli Rogers, the North Carolina product is the leading favorite to handle return duties on punts and kickoffs in 2019.
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