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Steelers Activate Practice Squad WR Deon Cain



PITTSBURGH — Deon Cain will dress after being elevated from the Steelers practice squad, while injured receiver Diontae Johnson and guard David DeCastro are scratched for the team’s game against Cleveland at Heinz Field on Sunday.

Cain joined the Steelers mid-season in 2019 after spending the first year and a half of his career with the Indianapolis Colts. Cain has caught nine passes for 124 yards in his NFL career, with five catches for 72 yards coming with the Steelers last season.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Cain was a sixth-round draft pick of the Colts in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Clemson.

Cain was with the Steelers all offseason, was released at the end of training camp and immediate joined the team’s practice squad. This will be his first time active this season.

Thanks to a new rule implemented for 2020, NFL teams have the ability to dress up to two players from the practice squad each week without permanently adding them to the roster and having them be subject to waivers following their activation.

Johnson will miss the game with a back injury suffered in the Steelers’ Week 5 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Rookie Chase Claypool is expected to replace him in the starting roster, with fifth receiver and kick returner Ray-Ray McCloud also in line for a larger offensive role.

DeCastro (abdominal strain) will be replaced by rookie Kevin Dotson for the third time this season.

The Steelers’ healthy inactive players are quarterback Josh Dobbs, linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III, defensive tackle Carlos Davis and tight end Zach Gentry.

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Alex Highsmith Needs MRI after Ankle Injury Suffered vs. Browns



PITTSBURGH — Steelers rookie linebacker Alex Highsmith suffered an ankle injury that will require an MRI in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Highsmith left the game in the first half and was seen limping on the Pittsburgh sideline. He made an attempt to return to the game, but was unable to continue playing and did not see the field at all in the second half.

In-game, the Steelers announced that Highsmith was doubtful to return with an ankle injury. After the fact, head coach Mike Tomlin said that Highsmith suffered a high ankle sprain. Highsmith’s father posted on Twitter early on Monday morning that Highsmith will require an MRI on his injured ankle.

Given that Highsmith was able to walk and even run in short bursts after the injury, it does not seem likely that it will impact his offseason training plans.

The team’s third-round draft pick out of Charlotte, Highsmith was thrust into a starting role after starting outside linebacker Bud Dupree suffered  an ACL injury that required surgery.

On the season, Highsmith played in 16 regular season game and made five starts. He finished with 48 tackles, five for a loss, six quarterback hits, one interception and one pass defended.

With Dupree set to become an unrestricted free agent and unlikely to return, Highsmith should be expected to retain his starting role in 2021.

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Mike Tomlin Doesn’t Regret Punt, Will Talk to Ben Roethlisberger About Future



Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin answers questions from the media following his team’s shocking defeat at the hands of the Browns in the playoffs. Tomlin explained why he decided to punt on a 4th and 1 in the 4th quarter while trailing by multiple scores. He also touched on the timeline for when he will talk to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger about his future with the team.

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JuJu Smith-Schuster Says He Doesn’t Regret ‘Browns Is the Browns’ Comment



PITTSBURGH — It was repeated so often in the five days between when JuJu Smith-Schuster said the phrase on Wednesday to Sunday night’s game at Heinz Field, that it nearly became the No. 1 talking point coming into the game.

“The Browns is the Browns.”

Before the game, after the game and probably during the game, many of the Browns made it clear that they had taken exception to Smith-Schuster’s characterization of the team.

Smith-Schuster said after the game that he had no regrets about what he said.

“You know, I don’t regret what I said,” Smith-Schuster said. “I said, ‘The Browns is the Browns.’ They came out and they played a hell of a game. You know, there’s been games where we feel we lose them and today wasn’t our night and hopefully the same Browns will show up next week against the same opponent and go out and do the same thing they did tonight and have a hell of a game.”

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