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Report: Steve McLendon out vs. Titans, Daniel McCullers to start

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The shoulder injury plaguing Steve McLendon has prompted the Steelers to announce him as inactive for the Monday Night Football game against the Titans, and this equates to Daniel McCullers getting his first NFL start.

Justin K. Aller

Mike Tomlin stated in his weekly press conference that nose tackle Steve McLendon's shoulder injury, which caused him to miss a game earlier this season, has flared-up again. That shoulder injury has led to McLendon being downgraded to out for the Monday Night Football game against the Tennessee Titans.

In his stead, making his first career start, is rookie Daniel McCullers. As reported by David Todd of ESPN 970, McCullers will be returning to Tennessee where he played his college football at the University of Tennessee, and he'll get the first start of his very young NFL career.

The Steelers have activated McCullers several times this season and he saw a handful of snaps filling in for McLendon, but his play hasn't been extremely noteworthy.

McCullers' large frame will likely help solidify the middle of a defensive line that has given up chunks of yardage on the ground this season. Coming off of a loss to the New York Jets, the defense gave up 150 yards on the ground and 4.2 yards per carry in that game.

McCullers still won't get a full workload of snaps, since he most likely will split time at nose tackle with Cam Thomas.

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