The Steelers will be without David DeCastro and Diontae Johnson when they face the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field today after both were ruled out of the game on Friday and are on the inactive list today. Both were injured last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
This will be the third game DeCastro will miss this season, so look for Kevin Dotson to step on guard again, someone his teammates feel can get the job done.
“He showed it,” said James Conner, who ran back. “I believe in him. They believe in him. It does not matter he has to get the job done.”
Johnson took a back injury last week in the Eagles game, and with him, the team excluded Deon Cain from the training team. In addition, the advent of rookie Chase Claypool helps the receiving game. Last week against the Eagles, Claypool had seven receptions in 110 yards, three of those seven catches were touchdowns and also rushed to a two-yard score. Claypool was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the game, becoming the first rookie in team history to score four touchdowns in a game and only the third player in team history to do so, the last when Roy Jefferson got four touchdown passes against Atlanta on November 3, 1968, while becoming only the third player in team history to score 24 points in a game.
In addition to DeCastro and Johnson, quarterback Joshua Dobbs, tight end Zach Gentry, linebacker Ulysees Gilbert, defensive tackle Carlos Davis are inactive.
On the Browns side, despite a lack of time in practice this week, quarterback Baker Mayfield and receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry are all active today.
The full list of inactive is below.