Pittsburgh Steelers made some roster changes on Friday, placing their veteran kicker Chris Boswell to the injury reserved list. In order to fill in the roster spot, the team signed rookie kicker Matt McCrane.
While the Steelers didn’t go in details over Boswell’s injury, the 27-year-old Pro Bowler is reportedly dealing with a lower-body injury.
Pittsburgh’s head coach Mike Tomlin postponed this move until Thursday’s practice to see if Boswell could bounce back, but the session didn’t go as planned, and the team felt they need to act quickly.
“We felt it was necessary to make the move,” – said Tomlin. “We had worked Matt out a number of weeks ago, so it was a matter of a quick phone call.”
Chris Boswell, who signed a new five-year, $20 million deal back in August, had his fair share of ups and downs this season. The worst highlight of Boswell’s 2018 performance is surely the Week 15 game against the Oakland Raiders, in which he missed two kicks that cost his team the game and maybe end up costing them a playoff spot. His stats for the season include making 13 of 20 field goal attempts and converting 43 of 48 extra point attempts.
Pittsburgh will be Matt McCrane’s third NFL team in 2018, after he already played for Oakland Raiders and Arizona Cardinals this season. He only saw action with the Raiders, where he had nine FG attempts and managed to convert five of them.