There’s a new face in town after the Pittsburgh Steelers signed kicker Matthew Wright from the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad, per Ian Rapoport from NFL Network. 

The transaction was a much-needed one for the Steelers given Chris Boswell is dealing with a groin injury that kept him out of Week 8’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, Nick Sciba filled in for Boswell as a late addition to the practice squad and delivered.

Perhaps one of the very few bright spots from a 35-13 loss was that the Steelers’ newly signed kicker made his two field goal attempts as well as his extra point.

When Pittsburgh released Sciba on Tuesday, many thought Boswell’s return was imminent. However, it turns out the front office was seeking an upgrade at the position instead.

Wright actually started his NFL career with the Steelers in 2019 as a UDFA. He was waived before the final roster cuts and one year later returned to Pittsburgh for three games and made his first career NFL field goal. In that short stint, he made four out of four field goals and was perfect in seven extra-point attempts.

Now for the bad news.

The “practice squad poaching rules” in the league dictate Wright must be on the Steelers’ roster for at least three games. That suggests Boswell’s return isn’t as close as some originally thought.

The fan-favorite kicker is unlikely to return before Week 13 at minimum. Pittsburgh needs all the help it can get and while the defense is getting reinforcements on Sunday, special teams will remain shorthanded.

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