The Pittsburgh Steelers have officially placed their priced off-season acquisition on the season-ending injured reserve (IR). Linebacker Cole Holcomb’s season has ended, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport. He landed on the IR after suffering a gruesome knee injury in his team’s 20-16 win over the Tennessee Titans last Thursday.
Holcomb signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers this offseason. However, the 27-year-old got carted off the field last Thursday after suffering a severe knee injury.
Pittsburgh Steelers LB Cole Holcomb: Productive Before Injury
Cole Holcomb, a fifth-round pick by the Washington Commanders in the 2019 NFL draft, had 54 tackles, four TFLs, and two forced fumbles this season. He joined Pittsburgh this offseason after four productive campaigns with Washington. His best season came in 2021, when the North Carolina product racked together 142 tackles, seven passes defended, two picks, two forced fumbles, a touchdown, and a sack. Elandon Roberts sits behind Holcomb on the depth chart.
Roberts, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, has 48 tackles and five TFLs this season. He racked up 107 tackles with the Miami Dolphins last season. The Steelers also have one-time Pro Bowler Kwon Alexander and second-year NFL vet Mark Robinson as active insider linebackers. Robinson has five tackles in eight games, while Alexander has 41 tackles, five TFLs, and one sack.
Steelers Activate RB Anthony McFarland
In a corresponding move, the Pittsburgh Steelers have activated running back Anthony McFarland off the injured reserve. McFarland will slot behind Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren, making him more of a depth and special teams piece. He has played on 27% of Pittsbrugh’s special teams snaps this season. He has taken 42 carries for 146 yards and no touchdowns in his four-year NFL career, all with the Steelers.