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Steelers notebook: RB Fitzgerald Touissant added to roster from practice squad

Joe Rutter
| Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, 1:05 p.m.
Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint walks across the field with teammates during Steelers team practice at Memorial Field in downtown Latrobe on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.
Shane Dunlap | Tribune-Review
Running back Fitzgerald Toussaint walks across the field with teammates during Steelers team practice at Memorial Field in downtown Latrobe on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.

The Steelers added a familiar name at running back to the 53-man roster Saturday.

Fitzgerald Toussaint, the team's third-stringer in the past two seasons, was promoted from the practice squad in advance of the Steelers' game Sunday night against the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field.

To make room for Toussaint on the roster, running back Terrell Watson was waived.

Toussaint, 27, was cut at the end of training camp when the Steelers elected to keep Watson as a short-yardage back. But Toussaint had practice squad eligibility, so he re-signed with the Steelers in that capacity.

Watson had five carries for 8 yards and was active for the first 10 games, but he did not get a carry in the past three. Watson also averaged 20 yards on six kickoff returns.

Toussaint was the Steelers' most-used kickoff returner last year, averaging 21.5 yards on 12 returns. His most experience with the Steelers came in the 2015 postseason when, because of injuries to Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams, he became the featured running back.

Steelers dominate voting

Bell and Antonio Brown were among the top five players receiving votes for the Pro Bowl in balloting released earlier in the week.

Bell ranked third with more than 227,000 votes, and Brown was fifth with in excess of 215,000 votes.

The Steelers also had three offensive linemen leading the AFC fan voting at their positions: left tackle Alejandro Villanueva, center Maurkice Pouncey and right guard David DeCastro. On defense, Ryan Shazier was the top inside linebacker, and Tyler Matakevich had the most votes on special teams for the AFC.

Fan voting accounts for one-third of the selection process for the Pro Bowl. Coaches and players each account for one-third of the votes. Fan voting ends Dec. 14.

Coming home

Packers coach Mike McCarthy planned to spend Saturday night catching up with family in his native Greenfield.

McCarthy is proud of his neighborhood, and he had a laugh when a reporter informed him about the Greenfield Bridge reopening in October after a two-year closure.

“Big news, huh?” McCarthy said. “Two biggest parties in the history of Greenfield were when they tore it down and opened it back up — an excuse to drink beer. It's never changed back there. It's awesome.”

Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jrutter@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.

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