PITTSBURGH — Steelers tight end Eric Ebron will miss the team’s Week 8 game against the Cleveland Browns this Sunday with a hamstring injury suffered during the week, the team announced on Friday.
Ebron was limited in practice on Thursday and did not practice on Friday before being declared out. This will be the first game he has missed due to injury since joining the Steelers in 2020.
Ebron has been sharing starting tight end duties with rookie Pat Freiermuth this far this season. He and third-year tight end Zach Gentry will be expected to absorb most of Ebron’s role in the offense. Kevin Rader could be an option to be elevated from the practice squad.
Through six games, Ebron has caught seven of 13 targets for 47 yards. He has also rushed one for a one-yard touchdown. He has played in 47% of the team’s offensive snaps.
Ebron said this week before his injury that it had been difficult keeping quiet about his reduced role in the offense this season. He played in 70% of the team’s snaps in 2020.