The Steelers and Ravens have until 12:30 to make any additional roster moves in advance of Wednesday afternoon’s game, but Baltimore’s two running backs that might be able to be activated reportedly will not.
NBC sideline reporter Michele Tafoya said on the Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday morning that J.K. Dobbins and Mark Ingram, who are eligible to be removed from the COVID-19 reserve list, will not be activated in time for the 3:40 p.m. kickoff.
The two backs did not travel with the team to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, as they were still in isolation and could not be with the rest of the team. The Ravens had reportedly considered flying the two backs to Pittsburgh by themselves on Wednesday morning in order to get them in the lineup.
Gus Edwards will start at running back without the duo, while Justice Hill will back him up.
The Steelers could also make a late transaction to shore up their running back room, if they choose to. Starter James Conner (COVID-19) list and backups Jaylen Samuels (hamstring) and Trey Edmunds (quad/injured reserve) are all out for the game.
The team could promote practice squad running back Wendell Smallwood for the first time this season to give them a three-man backfield.
The Steelers are also expected to be without starting defensive end Stephon Tuitt and backup tackle Jerald Hawkins, who remain on the COVID-19 reserve list. Cornerback Joe Haden is questionable with a knee injury.
Packers Could Pass Steelers in All-Time Playoff Wins in NFC Championship Game
The Green Bay Packers can pass the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL record books with a win in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
The Packers and Steelers are currently tied with 36 all-time NFL playoff wins, the second-most behind the New England Patriots, who have 37.
The Packers will be playing the man responsible for most of those wins in New England, now-Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady.
Both the Packers and Patriots have a higher postseason winning percentage than the Steelers, with New England holding a 37-21 record and Green Bay 36-23, while Pittsburgh is 26-26 after a Wild Card Round loss to Cleveland this month.
None of the other top five teams, including Dallas (35-28) and San Francisco (32-30) are still alive this year. Tampa Bay has just eight playoff wins in its history, the sixth-fewest in league history.
The Buffalo Bills (16-17) and Kansas City Chiefs (14-19) are 19th and 20th in playoff wins entering their AFC Championship Game showdown on Saturday.
Chase Claypool again Says Cleveland will Lose to Chiefs; Claims Browns ‘Classless’ in Win
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool isn’t backing down from his prediction that the Cleveland Browns will lose in the second round of the NFL Playoffs this weekend, and said he made his comment about the Browns “getting clapped” by the Kansas City Chiefs the way he did because they were “classless” on the field in their win over Pittsburgh on Sunday night.
“Not that I’m praying on them to get beat really bad, but someone just asked me a score prediction and that was kind of a way of me saying that I think the Chiefs are going to beat the Browns,” Claypool explained in an interview with DAZN on Thursday.
“I think if the Browns had won with more class, then I wouldn’t have been so salty about it. But them mocking JuJu before the game and after the game, it just didn’t sit right with me.”
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Claypool said that specifically, the Browns were mocking fellow Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who had drawn ire around the league for his behavior on social media this season.
“They were just super classless toward JuJu, what they were saying on the field toward the end of the game,” Claypool said. “I’m not going to have respect for a team that doesn’t have respect for us.”
“They can enjoy the win and another week of football, but they’ll be on the couch right next to me next week,” Claypool said.
Browns RB Kareem Hunt Trolls Steelers with Autograph Inscription
Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt sent a shot at the Pittsburgh Steelers in an autograph inscription this week after the Browns ended the Steelers’ season with a 48-37 win in Sunday’s Wild Card playoff game.
Hunt’s signed helmet at 1 of 1 Card Shop in Cleveland came with the inscriptions “Corvette Corvette,” the score of the game and “Clapped ‘em.”
Kareem Hunt left a message after signing a helmet 😂
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Corvette Corvette is a reference to the Song “Adderall (Corvette Corvette)” by Pop Hunna that Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster infamously danced to on the midfield logos of the Steelers’ opponents at times this season.
Hunt scored two touchdowns in the first half as the Browns jumped out to a huge 28-0 first quarter lead against the Steelers at Heinz Field. Cleveland will visit Kansas City in the Divisional Playoff this Saturday.