The Pittsburgh Steelers have now released their final injury report ahead of their regular season home finale against the Cleveland Browns and it shows that three players have been officially ruled out for that game.
Ruled out on Friday by head coach Mike Tomlin were safety Robert Golden (ankle), tight end Ladarius Green (concussion) and defensive end Stephon Tuitt (knee).
With Golden out, we could see backup safety Jordan Dangerfield play quite a bit against the Browns. Golden injured his ankle in the Steelers Week 16 win over the Baltimore Ravens and was unable to practice all week.
As for Green and Tuitt both being ruled out on Friday, it’s not surprising at all being as both missed the game against the Ravens in addition to Sunday’s game against the Browns being meaningless. With Tuitt sidelined again, we’ll likely see Steelers defensive linemen L.T. Walton, Daniel McCullers and Johnny Maxey play extensively against the Browns.
Ending the week listed as questionable for the Steelers were linebacker Anthony Chickillo (ankle) and tight end Xavier Grimble (ribs). Chickillo, however, failed to practice all week while Grimble was limited on Friday once again.
Wide receiver Sammie Coates (hamstring) was limited on Friday but appears to be probable for Sunday as he did not receive a game-status designation. Defensive end Ricardo Mathews (ankle), safety Mike Mitchell (not injury related) and linebacker Ryan Shazier (illness) all practiced fully on Friday and none of the three received game-status designations to close out the week. In other words, all three players are probable for Sunday.
The Steelers are expected to hold quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown, running back Le’Veon Bell and center Maurkice Pouncey out on Sunday in order to preserve them for the playoffs.