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Former Penn State QB Trace McSorley Released by Steelers

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Former Penn State QB Trace McSorley has been released by the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team announced early Tuesday evening.

McSorley had been on the team for a little more than a month, being on the practice squad and not appearing in any games.

He’s been in the NFL since Pittsburgh’s rival, the Baltimore Ravens, selected him in the sixth round of the 2019 Draft.

McSorley has since spent time with the Ravens, Cardinals, Patriots, Bears and Steelers, the latter three coming over this season. McSorley spent the preseason with the Patriots before being released in late August. He was then out of football for almost two months before the Bears signed him in late October.

He spent three seasons in Baltimore and two more with the Arizona Cardinals. He saw the most extensive playing time of his career in Arizona last year, when he appeared in six games, completing 45 of 83 passes (54.2%) for 412 yards (5.0 yards per attempt), no touchdowns, five interceptions and a 42.8 passer rating.

A three-star prospect out of Briar Woods High School in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Ashburn, Virginia, McSorely matriculated to Penn State in 2015. He won the starting job as a sophomore in 2016 and had his best statistical season, when he threw for 3,614 yards and 29 touchdowns while leading the Nittany Lions to a Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance.

McSorley was a three-year starter before turning pro and finished his time at Penn State with 9,899 yards, 77 touchdowns, 25 interceptions and a 144.5 passer rating.

The Steelers signed McSorley while starter Kenny Pickett was dealing with a high ankle sprain. Pickett is now fully healthy and is expected to once again dress as the backup to Mason Rudolph. Mitch Trubisky, who served as Josh Allen’s backup in Buffalo in 2021, will more than likely run the scout team this week

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