The Steelers running game will get a big boost tonight with the return of James Conner. Conner has been inactive in the last two games, but is a resounding success tonight as the Steelers face a tough AFC North fight at the FirstEnergy Stadium against the Cleveland Browns.
In a ground game that had problems, it's a big boost to have Conner back.
"It's huge," said David DeCastro. "He is an experienced guy. Every time you get back a man who knows the offense, had those repetitions, those experiences, it's a key. "
Also tonight Cornerback Joe Haden is active, who appeared on Wednesday in the injury report with an illness and was listed as questionable. It's a game that Haden did not want to miss after playing for the Browns before joining the Steelers.
"It will always be special because I spent seven years there," said Haden. I do not know if that's possible. "
Also active is security guard Ramon Foster, who was excluded this week from the NFL concussion protocol.
Anthony Chickillo is inactive tonight while today's signed linebacker Jayrone Elliott is active. The good news with Elliott is that he's new to neither Steelers nor special teams because he was with the team early this season.
Benny Snell is still recovering from a riflescope on his knee and will be inactive tonight. Two players expected to be inactive, Ryan Switzer and Roosevelt Nix, were placed on the reserve / injury list today.
With Switzerland out of the season, the team will turn things upside down in the second leg. Last week, Diontae Johnson did some of the punt return, with three returns for 22 yards, including a 1
With Chickillo and Snell on the inactive list tonight are quarterback Paxton Lynch, corner kick Justin Layne and offensive lineman Chuk's Okorafor, last week at Tackle, Tight End Zach Gentry and Defensive End L.T. Walton.
For the full list of inactivities for today's game, see below.