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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin announced Monday that cornerback Curtis Brown would miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL against the Browns on Sunday afternoon.
Brown, who played in seven games this season, suffered a knee injury in the third quarter of the Week 12 game against the Cleveland Browns.
To fill the roster spot, Pittsburgh signed cornerback Isaiah Green (5-10, 180) from the practice squad. Green has spent time on both the Steelers’ practice squad and active roster this season, playing in three games and being inactive for two others. He originally signed as a rookie free agent with the Buffalo Bills on May 31, 2012. After being released by the Bills on August 31, 2012 he spent parts of the 2012 season on the practice squads of the Bills, Indianapolis Colts and the Steelers.
Additionally, the Steelers signed cornerback Devin Smith (5-11, 186) to their practice squad. This will be Smith’s fourth stint on Pittsburgh’s practice squad this season after originally signing with Pittsburgh on August 7, 2013. Smith also spent time on the Miami Dolphins practice squad this season. He was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys on May 10, 2013 and was released on August 2, 2013.
Tomlin also announced at his Monday press conference that nose tackle Steve McLendon will miss the Thanksgiven Day game verse the Ravens with a sprained right ankle. It’s a blow to the Steelers’ run defense as they’ll now turn to Ziggy Hood, Al Woods and/or Loni Fangupo in the middle of a line that’s been without defensive end Brett Keisel in the last two weeks. Tomlin said he wasn’t ruling Keisel, who has a foot injury, out of this week’s game.
The same goes for linebacker LaMarr Woodley and safety Shamarko Thomas, who have missed the last two weeks with calf and ankle injuries respectively. Cornerback Curtis Brown won’t be in the lineup, though. The reserve defender and special teamer will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL.