The Steelers signed eight players to their practice squad Sunday, including seven players who had been in training camp with the team this year. Added to the team’s practice squad were wide receiver Dallas Baker, tight end Jon Dekker, safety Grant Mason, defensive end Ryan McBean, defensive tackle Scott Paxson, center Marvin Philip and wide receiver Gerran Walker.
The team also signed running back Jamaal Branch, who spent the 2007 preseason in the New Orleans Saints training camp. McBean and Baker were draft picks by the Steelers this year.
The only draft pick who was not signed to the practice squad was guard/center Cameron Stephenson, a fifth-round pick. The team did keep Stephenson's teammate at Rutgers, center Darnell Stapleton, on its active roster. Stapleton was one of two undrafted rookies to make the team's final roster.