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Steelers Injury Updates: No Significant Injuries in Loss to Browns



CLEVELAND — The Steelers wanted to beat their arch rivals on Sunday, keep the Browns out of the playoff and enter the post-season on a two-game winning streak.

Head coach Mike Tomlin was emphatic after the game that the Steelers were playing to win.

But while they wanted to win, the No. 1 objective was getting to the postseason relatively healthy.

The Steelers dropped a 24-22 decision to the Browns, meaning the teams will meet again in a week’s time in Pittsburgh.

But on the top-line objective, Sunday’s game was a success. The Steelers escaped Cleveland without major injury, with minor bumps and bruises suffered by Vince Williams and Chase Claypool minimized by Tomlin postgame:

“Nothing of any significance,” he said while giving his customary injury rundown.

The Steelers have some other injured players that could return to the fold, as well. Kicker Chris Boswell (groin) and safety Terrell Edmunds (shoulder) missed Sunday’s game, but could return and guard Matt Feiler (pectoral) and Robert Spillane (knee) will be eligible to return from the injured reserve next week, though it remains to be seen if any of those four will be ready to go.

Tight end Eric Ebron and outside linebacker Cassius Marsh, who both spend Sunday on the COVID-19 reserve list, could also be eligible to return if they continue to test negative.

Cornerback Joe Haden, who tested positive late last week, will miss the Steelers’ first playoff game.

The Browns suffered two potentially significant injuries in the game, as wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones left the game in the first half with a concussion and defensive end Olivier Vernon had to be helped from the field in the fourth quarter with a left ankle injury.

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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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