The outside linebacker position has been one of concern for the Pittsburgh Steelers since the start of training camp. With just T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith as the primary pass rushers, the Steelers new they would have to add to their depth chart. They did so in veteran Melvin Ingram. Throughout the regular season Ingram has played significant snaps for many reasons.
In Week 1 Ingram helped spell Highsmith, who was dealing with a groin injury, and Watt, who was still getting acclimated to game play after signing his big contract. When facing the Cincinnati Bengals Ingram played 100% of the defensive snaps. After that game Ingram’s snaps have been decreased, and it has also been reported he wants a trade out of Pittsburgh.
Coming off the Week 7 bye, Ingram was dealing with a groin injury which had him labeled as doubtful heading into the Week 8 game vs. the Cleveland Browns. On Saturday the Steelers made it official Ingram was downgraded to OUT for the team’s second divisional game of the season.
This per Burt Lauten, director of Public Relations for the Steelers:
#Steelers LB Melvin Ingram III has been downgraded to OUT for Sunday's game in Cleveland.— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) October 30, 2021
With Ingram now ruled out, he joins tight end Eric Ebron as players who will not be in uniform this Sunday in Cleveland. To check out the full Injury Report for both the Steelers and Browns, check the injury report article below:
The Steelers will likely make a pair of moves to help the roster with both Ingram and Ebron out. It is expected the team will promote Kevin Rader and Taco Charleton to help ease the blow of the two veterans not being available.
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