“It felt amazing,” said Freiermuth, according to Steelers.com’s Teresa Varley. “Just being out there with the guys, especially the camaraderie we have on the team. It felt good.
“I feel really good. I just have to see how the week goes.”
Freiermuth will play in his first game on November 19 since Week 4. He missed five games because of a hamstring injury.
However, it wasn’t all good news for the Steelers. The team placed safety Keanu Neal on injured reserve on November 18. He suffered a rib injury after recording an interception against the Green Bay Packers during Week 10.
The Steelers already ruled out Neal for the Browns matchup, but placing him on injured reserve means he will miss the next four contests.
TE Pat Freiermuth to Return Against Browns
There are no good excuses in the NFL. But partially why the Steelers are ranked 28th in yards per game is because they haven’t played a full game with all of their offensive starters this season.
Assuming no other injuries occur, that will happen for the first time in Week 11.
Freiermuth’s return should provide the Steelers passing attack a big boost. Second-year quarterback Kenny Pickett has struggled to target the middle of the field without Freiermuth for much of this season.
Despite missing five games, Freiermuth is second on the team with 2 receiving touchdowns. He has 8 catches for 53 yards overall.
With Freiermuth returning, the Steelers will have all of their skilled positions players starting with Broderick Jones at right tackle for the first time.
Steelers Counting on Depth at Safety, Linebacker in Week 11
While the Steelers offense is getting healthy, the team’s defense keeps suffering injuries.
The middle of Pittsburgh’s defense will be filled with backups in Week 11. The team will be missing its top two inside linebackers in terms of snaps and both starting safeties.
Veteran linebacker Elandon Roberts figures to be key for the Steelers’ patchwork defense continuing to lead the NFL in takeaways.
“We’re going to lean on Elandon Roberts,” Tomlin told reporters on November 14. “That’s why we brought him here. He’s a defensive quarterback in mentality. He’s a really good communicator, a really good above-the-neck player. Does a really good job in those areas.”
Walker and Carpenter will also be available for the Steelers to play inside linebacker.
Thompson and fellow safety Miles Killebrew will likely help replace Neal. But a plethora of other defensive backs, including Chandon Sullivan, Elijah Riley, James Pierre and Darius Rush could play a lot more in Neal’s absence on November 19.