Cleveland Browns inactives vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
By Thomas Moore
Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert (21) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Peerman (30) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
The Cleveland Browns announced their inactive players for today’s game at Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
As expected, quarterback Josh McCown is among the inactives, meaning that Johnny Manziel will make his second consecutive start and Austin Davis is just one play away from making his Browns debut.
Also among the inactives today are injured left guard Joel Bitonio, who will be replaced by rookie Cameron Erving, and cornerback Joe Haden and safety Donte Whitner, who both remain in the NFL-mandated concussion protocol.
The biggest surprise may be cornerback Justin Gilbert, who appeared to slowly working his way back into the lineup, at least on a limited basis, in recent weeks.
The news that Gilbert is a healthy scratch set off Browns Twitter, which can’t seem to make up its mind if general manager Ray Farmer should be fired because he “wasted a draft pick” on Gilbert, or if it is head coach Mike Pettine who should go because he refuses to player Gilbert, even though those same fans think Gilbert was a waste of a draft pick.
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The final two inactives are wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and tight end E.J. Bibbs.
Pittsburgh’s inactive list includes quarterback Mike Vick, safety Shamarko Thomas, running back Isaiah Pead, linebacker Terence Garvin, offensive tackle Byron Stingily, tight end Matt Spaeth and linebacker James Harrison.
Even with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being on the active roster for the game, it is expected that Landry Jones will get the start for the Steelers.
Cleveland has not beaten Pittsburgh on the road since 2003, and are just 1-14 at Heinz Field since it opened in 2001. Going back even further, since beating the Steelers on the road in the 1989 season opener, the Browns have only won two road games against the Steelers.
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