The Pittsburgh Steelers have released their inactives for their Week 8 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. With two players already ruled out due to injury and one player elevated from the practice squad on Saturday, there are four healthy scratches of the six players on the list. The Steelers full inactive list comes courtesy of Steelers.com.
No. 3 QB Dwayne Haskins
No. 8 LB Melvin Ingram III
No. 25 CB Ahkello Witherspoon
No. 45 LB Buddy Johnson
No. 72 OL Zach Banner
No. 85 TE Eric Ebron
Becoming a trend over the last several games, the Steelers don’t have any players carrying an injury status who were in doubt for Sunday’s game. Tight end Eric Ebron was ruled out on Friday and will miss his first game on 2021. Ebron showed up on the injury report on Thursday as limited with a hamstring injury and was not able to practice on Friday.
The other player ruled out for Week 8 was outside linebacker Melvin Ingram III. Limited in practice with a groin injury on Wednesday and Thursday, Ingram did not practice on Friday and was originally listed as doubtful on Friday. On Saturday, Ingram was downgraded to out. For this reason, the Steelers elevated edge rusher Taco Charlton from the practice squad on Saturday. With the possibility of a trade involving Ingram before Tuesday’s deadline, the performance of Charlton on Sunday may end up being a determining factor.
As for the players who were healthy scratches, Dewayne Haskins is inactive for the seventh-straight game. Others on the inactive list are familiar names as the Steelers have cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon inactive for the fifth-straight game and six of the seven games this season. After getting a helmet in Week 2 due to the injury to Joe Haden, Witherspoon is back on the inactive list again. For the fourth-straight week, Buddy Johnson finds himself on the inactive list as he will be on the sidelines.
The final player on the Steelers inactive list is offensive tackle Zach Banner. Even tough the Steelers activated Banner from the Reserve/Injured List before the bye week, Banner is inactive for the second-straight game. With this move, Dan Moore Jr. looks to continue to start at left tackle with Chuks Okorafor at right tackle.
With the Steelers only carrying two tight ends this week, there was one position where the Steelers could keep an extra player active. With Anthony McFarland Jr. coming off IR this week, the Steelers are carrying four running backs plus a fullback against the Browns.
As for the Browns inactives, they can be seen below courtesy of Steelers.com. Edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney and wide receiver Odell Beckam Jr. are active.
No. 11 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones
No. 21 CB Denzel Ward
No. 38 CB A.J. Green
No. 39 S Richard LeCounte III
No. 55 DE Takkarist Mckinley
No. 72 G Hjalte Froholdt
No. 93 DT Tommy Togiai