Tegray Scales
Scales with the Indiana Hoosiers
No. 30 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1996-05-10) May 10, 1996 (age 25)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:227 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High school:Colerain (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All Big-Ten (2017)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:4
Games started:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Tegray Rene Scales (born May 10, 1996) is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Indiana.

Early years

Scales attended Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was a three-year football and four year wrestling letterman. Following his senior year at Colerain, Scales was an Associated Press Division I state co-defensive player of the year, Southwest District defensive player of the year and the Greater Miami Conference co-defensive player of the year and was nominated for the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.[1]


Scales received offers from Minnesota, Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Marshall, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Western Michigan. He committed to Indiana on January 19, 2014.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Tegray Scales
Cincinnati, Ohio Colerain High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Jan 19, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:
   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 32 (OLB), 4 (OH OLB)   Rivals: 34 (OLB)  ESPN: 62 (OLB), 35 (OH)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 8, 2015.

College career

Freshman year

Scales started all 12 games for the Hoosiers as a freshman, recording 46 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 interceptions.[2] His first interception came against North Texas,[3] while his first sack was on Missouri Tigers' quarterback Maty Mauk,[4] in the Hoosiers first victory against a ranked opponent since 2006.[5] Scales was named Big Ten co-Freshman of the Week for his performance against Missouri.[6]

Following the 2014 season, Scales was named to the 247Sports.com True Freshman All-American Team,[7] the Scout.com 2014 Freshman All-America Second Team,[8] and the BTN.com and 247sports.com All-Big Ten Freshman teams.[9][10]

Sophomore year

Scales was one of a group Hoosier players suspended for the 2015 opener against Southern Illinois for disciplinary reasons,[11] and he was the only member of the group to remain suspended for Indiana's second game against Florida International.[12] Scales was selected as the IU Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in week 3 against Wake Forest.[13] Scales played in 9 of Indiana's 12 regular season games for the 2015 season, as well as played in the 2015 Pinstripe Bowl. He recorded 53 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 interceptions during the regular season.[14]

Junior year

Scales recorded 123 tackles, 7 sacks and 1 interception for the 2016 season, including being selected as the Foster Farms Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player in the 2016 Foster Farms Bowl.[13] On November 29, 2016, Scales was named Third Team All-Big Ten by the coaches and Second Team All-Big Ten by the media.[15]

Senior year

On January 9, 2017, Scales announced that he would return to the Hoosiers for his senior season.[16] On May 17, 2017, Scales was named one of 42 players to the 2017 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List.[17]

Professional career

Los Angeles Rams

Scales signed with the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2018.[18] He was waived on August 31, 2018.[19]

Indianapolis Colts

On December 18, 2018, Scales was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad.[20] He was released on December 31, 2018.[21]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On January 4, 2019, Scales signed a reserve/future contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[22] He was waived on August 31, 2019.[23]

Dallas Renegades

Scales was selected by the Dallas Renegades in the ninth round of the 2020 XFL Draft.[24] He had his contract terminated when the league suspended operations on April 10, 2020.[25]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On October 13, 2020, Scales was signed to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice squad.[26] He was released on October 27.[27]

Pittsburgh Steelers (second stint)

On November 11, 2020, the Steelers signed Scales to their practice squad.[28] He was elevated to the active roster on December 12 and December 21 for the team's weeks 14 and 15 games against the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals, and reverted to the practice squad after each game.[29][30] He was signed to the active roster on December 26, 2020.[31] He was waived on January 9, 2021,[32] and signed a reserve/futures contract with the team on January 14.[33] He was waived on August 14.[34]

Cleveland Browns

On August 25, 2021, Scales signed with the Cleveland Browns.[35] Scales was waived by the Browns on August 31, 2021.[36]

Saskatchewan Roughriders

On November 25, 2021, Scales signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.[37] He spent both the team's November 28 and December 5 postseason games on their practice roster.

Cincinnati Bengals

On December 21, 2021, Scales was signed to the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad.[38]

Pittsburgh Steelers (third stint)

On January 1, 2022, the Steelers signed Scales to their active roster off the Bengals practice squad.[39]

NFL career statistics

Regular season Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR TD
2020 PIT 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0

Personal life

Tegray is the son of Herman Scales and Kathy Wilkerson.[13]


  1. ^ Colerain's Scales commits to Indiana University
  2. ^ Tegray Scales looks to build on freshman success
  3. ^ North Texas vs Indiana recap
  4. ^ Missouri vs Indiana recap
  5. ^ IU wins first game against top-20 foe since 2006
  6. ^ Tegray Scales named Big Ten co-freshman of the week
  7. ^ 247sports True Freshman All American Team
  8. ^ Scout 2014 freshman all america team
  9. ^ 2014 Big Ten All Freshman Team
  10. ^ It's time for BTN.com's 2014 All-Big Ten Freshman Team
  11. ^ Eight IU players suspended from opener
  12. ^ Wilson: 8 of 9 suspended IU players back for this week's game
  13. ^ a b c "Tegray Scales". Indiana Hoosiers. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  14. ^ "Tegray Scales Game By Game Stats - 2015". ESPN. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  15. ^ "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  16. ^ @Tegray_Scales8 (January 9, 2017). "Another year!! Another opportunity!! Blessed to be a Hoosier 👏🏽👏🏽 #Breakthrough #AllPraiseToTheManUpstairs" (Tweet). Retrieved January 9, 2017 – via Twitter.
  17. ^ "Lott Impact Trophy Names 42 Watch List Candidates". Lott Impact Trophy. May 17, 2017. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  18. ^ Lago, Kristen (May 2, 2018). "Rams Sign Seven Undrafted Free Agents". Los Angeles Rams. Archived from the original on May 4, 2018.
  19. ^ "Rams Continue Friday Cuts". Los Angeles Rams. August 31, 2018.
  20. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Place LB Skai Moore, DT Al Woods On IR; Sign Free Agent S J.J. Wilcox". Indianapolis Colts. December 18, 2018.
  21. ^ "Roster Moves: Colts Bring Back S Rolan Milligan To Practice Squad". Indianapolis Colts. December 31, 2018.
  22. ^ "Steelers sign LB Tegray Scales and WR Diontae Spencer Reserve/Future contracts". Steelers Wire. USA Today. January 4, 2019.
  23. ^ "Steelers make roster cuts". Pittsburgh Steelers. August 31, 2019.
  24. ^ Bender, Bill (October 21, 2019). "XFL Draft picks 2019: Complete results, rosters, players for new football league". Sporting News. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  25. ^ Condotta, Bob (April 10, 2020). "XFL suspends operations, terminates all employees, but Jim Zorn says he has hopes league will continue". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  26. ^ Smith, Scott (October 13, 2020). "Vita Vea, Jack Cichy to I.R. Among Multiple Bucs Moves". Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  27. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 Weekly Press Release" (PDF). NFL. November 8, 2020. p. 57. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  28. ^ Koehler, Allison (November 11, 2020). "What can LB Tegray Scales bring to Pittsburgh Steelers?". USA Today. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  29. ^ Varley, Teresa (December 12, 2020). "Roster moves continue for the Steelers". Steelers.com. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  30. ^ Varley, Teresa (December 21, 2020). "Roster moves continue ahead of tonight's game". Steelers.com. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  31. ^ Saunders, Alan (December 26, 2020). "Steelers Promote ILB Tegray Scales, K Matthew Wright; Waive G Derwin Gray". Steelers Now. Retrieved January 11, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  32. ^ Varley, Teresa (January 9, 2021). "Steelers make moves ahead of playoff game". Pittsburgh Steelers. Retrieved January 11, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  33. ^ Varley, Teresa (January 14, 2021). "Steelers sign 13 to Reserve/Future contracts". Steelers.com.
  34. ^ Schofield, Dave (August 14, 2021). "Pittsburgh Steelers officially announce the trade for Joe Schobert". BehindTheSteelCurtain.com. SB-Nation.
  35. ^ "Browns sign LB Tegray Scales". www.clevelandbrowns.com. Retrieved August 25, 2021.
  36. ^ Gribble, Andrew (August 31, 2021). "Browns announce initial 53-man roster heading into 2021 season". ClevelandBrowns.com.
  37. ^ "Riders Sign American Linebacker Tegray Scales". November 25, 2021.
  38. ^ "Bengals Make Multiple Moves At Linebacker Ahead Of Week 16". Bengals.com. December 21, 2021.
  39. ^ "Steelers make roster moves". Steelers.com. January 1, 2022.