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BEREA, Ohio — The Browns will likely have to head into their rematch in Pittsburgh Sunday without starting left tackle Greg Robinson, who was placed in the concussion protocol on Wednesday.
Robinson reported to the Browns’ facility Wednesday morning complaining of concussion symptoms and was placed into the protocol shortly thereafter. He was not on the practice field this afternoon.
Justin McCray, who started at left tackle against the Patriots in Week 7 to try to upgrade the position, will likely get the nod in Pittsburgh Sunday if Robinson can’t go. McCray gave up a team-high five quarterback pressures in that start, according to profootballfocus.com. He also gave up a sack and had a false start.
The Browns went back to Robinson the next week in Denver, but he’s still among the lowest graded tackles in the NFL, according to profootballfocus. Robinson is ranked at No. 50 overall, with a 66.6 grade. He did, however, block Steelers pass-rusher Bud Depree well in the first meeting, holding him to no pressures and earning a 75.0 pass blocking grade.
If the Steelers stick to their normal defense, McCray will face Dupree (seven sacks), while Chris Hubbard will try to hold off T.J. Watt, who’s third in the NFL with 11.5 sacks.
Overall, the Steelers are third in the NFL with 38 sacks, including 30 at Heinz Field. The Steelers will undoubtedly more attack-minded this game after recording only one sack and three hits the last game.
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