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Steelers elevate Taco Charlton for Week 8 against the Browns

The Steelers add needed depth at OLB from the practice squad with Melvin Ingram ruled out for Sunday.

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With with edge rusher Melvin Ingram III being downgraded to out on Saturday, the Steelers have elevated a player from the practice squad to take on the Cleveland Browns. For the first time in 2021, outside linebacker Taco Charlton has been elevated to the active roster.

Taco Charlton was the 28th overall selection of the 2017 NFL Draft for the Dallas Cowboys. Most notably, Charlton was selected two spots before the Steelers drafted T.J. Watt. Only lasting two seasons with the Cowboys, Charlton appeared in 27 games with seven starts and only had 4.0 sacks with Dallas. In 2019, Charlton was waived by the Cowboys early in the season and claimed by the Miami Dolphins. Charlton started five games, appearing in 10, with Miami and had 5.0 sacks on the season. Signed by Kansas City after the 2020 NFL Draft, Charlton appeared in seven games with the Chiefs and had 2.0 sacks and no starts while only playing 90 snaps. Charlton was released by Kansas City during training Camp this offseason. Charlton signed the Steelers practice squad on September 21.

With one players added to the roster, the Steelers will have six players on the inactive list Sunday morning.

Since tight end Eric Ebron was ruled out with a hamstring injury on Friday, many believed the Steelers would elevate tight end Kevin Rader from the practice squad. Instead, the Steelers are going with just one elevation and only two tight ends active for the game.

Stay tuned to Behind The Steel Curtain as the Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns this Sunday at 1PM.