For the Pittsburgh Steelers to get back to the playoffs, the role of the practice squad can't be underestimated.
NFL teams are allowed to keep eight players on their practice squad. These are often the last players cut, and they're a heartbeat away from a spot on the 53-man roster.
These players are used to simulate opponents during practice. As of 2012, the minimum weekly salary for their grunt work was $5,700, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Players are eligible for the practice squad for no more than three seasons, so these units are made up of young hopefuls.
James Harrison once was a practice squad player who aspired to wear a uniform on Sundays. So perhaps the next Harrison is among these Steelers practice squad candidates.
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