Steelers CB Mike Hilton Out vs. Ravens; S Antoine Brooks to Make NFL Debut
BALTIMORE — Nickel cornerback Mike Hilton will not be dressed for the Steelers game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday.
Hilton, who had been listed as questionable with a shoulder injury, will be inactive for the second straight week. Hilton injured his shoulder in the Steelers’ Week 6 win over the Cleveland Browns. He will again be replaced in the Steelers’ Nickel defense by cornerback Cam Sutton, with Justin Layne filling in for Sutton as the Dime back.
Inside linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III (back) and safety Jordan Dangerfield (quad) had both already been ruled out for the game.
Fullback Derek Watt, who was questionable with a hamstring strain, will dress. Linebacker Jayrone Elliott and safety Antoine Brooks, who were both elevated from the practice squad for the game, are also active. Brooks, a native of nearby Lantham, Maryland and a University of Maryland alum, will be making his NFL debut. He was the Steelers’ sixth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Running back Trey Edmunds, who was promoted from the practice squad to the 53-man roster this week, is also active.
Brooks, Edmunds and Elliott will all help replace Dangerfield and Gilbert on special teams. It’s unclear who will take Gilbert’s role in sub package defenses. He played in that role in Steelers Week 7 win over the Tennessee Titans while replacing Devin Bush, who is out for the season. Hybrid safety Marcus Allen and base-defense linebackers Robert Spillane and Vince Williams are the most likely options.
The Steelers’ healthy scratches are quarterback Josh Dobbs, defensive tackle Carlos Davis, offensive lineman Derwin Gray and tight end Zach Gentry.