Aug 12, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; a Cleveland Browns helmet sits on the sidelines during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in preseason at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns ruled a disgruntled star out for their Week 18 matchup.

On Saturday, the Browns announced that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney would not play against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Clowney and the team are on shaky terms right now and so he will not finish the season in uniform.

“We have downgraded DE Jadeveon Clowney to out and elevated 2 players from the practice squad,” Cleveland announced in a tweet.

On Friday, the Browns sent Clowney home, so this was the expected outcome in this ongoing saga. And on Thursday, reported that the former No. 1 overall pick didn’t think he’d be back with the team next season.

“Ninety-five percent sure I won’t be back,” Clowney told’s Mary Kay Cabot. He alluded that there was a remote chance to consider, but now, this update suggests his future with the team is seriously in doubt.

Clowney has spent the last two seasons with the Browns. Last year, he recorded nine sacks, two forced fumbles, 37 tackles in a very solid season. This season however has been a struggle. He only recorded two sacks, 28 tackles, and one forced fumble. The team also struggled and missed the playoffs yet again.

Should Clowney join another team next season, it will be the fifth in his career. He’s played for the Browns, the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, and the Houston Texans, who drafted him originally in 2014.

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