Steelers release punter Dustin Colquitt, place Devin Bush on injured reserve

Steelers release punter Dustin Colquitt, place Devin Bush on injured reserve
(Pittsburgh Steelers)

PITTSBURGH — Dustin Colquitt’s time with the Steelers wasn’t nearly as good with the team as that of his father.

The son of former Steelers punter Craig Colquitt, who was signed in the offseason, was released by the team on Friday as it finished up preparations for its game Sunday in Tennessee against the Titans.

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Colquitt, who had spent his previous 15 seasons with the Chiefs, was averaging just 43.1 yards per punt and was dead last in the NFL in net average at 37.2 yards.

He was signed during training camp as a move meant to save about $1.2 million against the 2020 salary cap when veteran Jordan Berry was released. The Steelers brought Berry in for a workout earlier this week but did not re-sign him.

That means the Steelers will likely elevate rookie Corliss Waitman, a South Alabama product from their practice squad on Saturday. Due to COVID-19 rules, the Steelers would not be permitted to bring in an outside punter without first having him test negative for the coronavirus for five consecutive days.

Waitman averaged 42.7 yards per kick in his college career but has shown a strong leg in practice.

In addition to making the move at punter, the Steelers also placed linebacker Devin Bush on injured reserve. Defensive lineman Henry Mondeaux was elevated from the practice squad to take his place.

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