Steelers add Holton to 53-man roster, release Skipper


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Steelers wide receiver Johnny Holton (80) -- MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Steelers made an interesting decision a week ago to go with five wide receivers on their 53-man roster. Saturday they adjusted.

Wide receiver Johnny Holton was signed from the practice squad Saturday as the team headed here to face the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. To make room on the 53-man roster, linebacker Tuzar Skipper was released.

Holton finished second on the team in the preseason with seven receptions for 167 yards and a touchdown. The third-year veteran also has played with the Raiders and Eagles, signing with the Steelers in the offseason.

His addition gives the Steelers six receivers on their roster. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Donte Moncrief, James Washington, Ryan Switzer and rookie Diontae Johnson are the others.

Skipper, an undrafted rookie, led the NFL in sacks in the preseason with five. The former University of Toledo prospect was one of five outside linebackers kept on the initial 53-man roster.

But with Ola Adeniyi healthy, the Steelers likely felt more at ease with a sixth wide receiver for their game against the Patriots, rather than a fifth outside linebacker. Adeniyi had surgery to repair a slight meniscus tear in his knee about three weeks ago.

The Steelers are expected to sign Skipper to their practice squad Monday once he clears waivers.

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