The Steelers will be without David DeCastro and Diontae Johnson when they face the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field today after the two were excluded from the game on Friday and are on the inactive roster 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 guard again, someone his teammates think can do the job.
“He showed it,” said running back James Conner. “I believe in him. They believe in him. It’s okay, he has to do the job.”
Johnson took a hit at the back last week in the Eagles game, and with him ruled out, the team raised Deon Cain from the practice squad. Plus, the emergence of rookie Chase Claypool helps the receiving game. Last week against the Eagles, Claypool had seven receptions for 110 yards, three of those seven catches were touchdowns, and also rushed for a two-yard score. Claypool was named the AFC’s Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the game where he became the first rookie in the team’s history to score four TDs in a game, and only the third player in the game. team history to do so, the last when Roy Jefferson caught four touchdown passes against Atlanta on Nov. 3, 1968, while becoming the third player in team history to score 24 points in a game.
Besides DeCastro and Johnson, quarterback Joshua Dobbs, tight end Zach Gentry, linebacker Ulysees Gilbert and defensive tackle Carlos Davis are inactive.
For the Browns, despite missing practice time this week, quarterback Baker Mayfield and receivers Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry are all active today.
The full list of inactive is below.