Toussaint (leg) signed with the Steelers' practice squad Sunday, Chris Adamski of TribLive.com reports.
Toussaint was released on Saturday after being buried on the team's running back depth chart, but he'll remain with the organization. Given his versatile skill set, Toussaint is a good tailback for Pittsburgh to keep around incase star Le'Veon Bell goes down with an injury at any point this season.
This comes as a minor surprise, considering the Steelers are left with two power backs (James Conner and Terrell Watson) behind starter Le'Veon Bell. Toussaint's pass-catching ability would come in handy in the event of a Bell injury, but it seems Watson made a strong impression with his powerful running during the preseason. The Steelers likely will check in on Toussaint if anything happens to Bell during the season. There hasn't been anything to suggest Toussaint's leg injury is serious.
Toussaint had one reception for three yards against Indianapolis on Saturday before exiting with a left leg injury.
Knile Davis got the start, with Toussaint having to wait until Pittsburgh's fourth offensive possession before seeing his only touch of the game. Le'Veon Bell (groin) and rookie James Conner are 1-2 respectively on the depth chart, with Toussaint, Davis, Terrell Watson and Trey Williams all competing for roster spots. If Toussaint is cleared, each running back should have one final opportunity to impress head coach Mike Tomlin in the final preseason game Thursday against Carolina.
Toussaint got the start in Sunday's preseason opener against the Giants, rushing six times for 19 yards and failing to haul in his lone target.
Toussaint played the whole first quarter, but was outperformed by both Knile Davis and Terrell Watson. If he can hold them both off during the preseason, the 27-year-old running back out of Michigan will be one Le'Veon Bell injury away from the starting job.
James Conner (shoulder) was not listed but is expected to challenge Toussaint for the right to back up Le'Veon Bell, who is currently not in camp. Even when Bell reports, his track record of missing games suggests whomever wins the backup role would have high insurance value. If Conner can get healthy soon, he should be able to make a strong fantasy handcuff option.
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