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Damarious Randall ruled out for Sunday’s game

Starting safety to miss game against Pittsburgh for what is reportedly a coach’s decision.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns have ruled out safety Damarious Randall for Sunday’s divisional game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after not traveling with the team to Pittsburgh.

The move is not injury related, but rather a coaching decision, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter:

The Browns were already without defensive back Eric Murray, who remains out with a knee injury, so the secondary will once again be shorthanded, a situation that has become essentially a weekly situation with the team.

This is not the first time that Randall has been a late scratch from a game this season. He missed the Week 2 matchup with the New York Jets while in the league-mandated concussion protocol - a diagnosis he did not agree with - and missed the following week’s game with the Los Angeles Rams.

Randall injured his hamstring prior to the Week 7 game against the New England Patriots and did no return to the field until the game against the Buffalo Bills in Week 10.

In the previous meeting against the Steelers on November 14, Randall was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Pittsburgh wide receiver Diontae Johnson.

In seven games this season, he has 35 tackles, two sacks and four passes defended.