Practice/Injury Report: Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns might be banged up heading into their Week 17 match, but so are the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns will be without quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy, meaning Thaddeus Lewis will make his first career start. Running back Trent Richardson is also out, so Montario Hardesty will start in his place.

Sheldon Brown's consecutive games streak will end at 175; Buster Skrine is expected to start opposite Joe Haden. The Browns placed safety Usama Young on injured reserve during the week, but rookie Tashaun Gipson will be back this week and is expected to start with Eric Hagg in the secondary.

For the Steelers, OT Mike Adams is out again, and tight end Heath Miller was placed on injured reserve during the week with a torn ACL. This will only be the fifth game that Miller has missed during his 8-year career; his blocking and receiving skills are so valuable to the success that the Steelers offense does have, which makes you wonder if they'll be crippled this Sunday. WR Mike Wallace will also miss the first game of his 4-year career with a hip injury.

Defensively, the Steelers are a bit thin at the cornerback position. Top cornerback Ike Taylor was placed on injured reserve after missing several games due to an ankle injury. The next two guys in like are Curtis Brown and Keenan Lewis. Brown has been ruled out with an ankle injury. Lewis is expected to play, but he did miss two days of practice this week with a knee injury. Cortez Allen will likely start at one of the cornerback positions, but he's hot right now -- he picked off two passes and forced a fumble last week against the Bengals.

The full injury and practice report for Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh is below.

BROWNS WED THU FRI STATUS
QB Brandon Weeden (right shoulder) DNP DNP DNP OUT
QB Colt McCoy (right shoulder) DNP DNP DNP OUT
RB Trent Richardson (ankle) DNP DNP DNP OUT
TE Jordan Cameron (head) DNP DNP DNP OUT
CB Sheldon Brown (head, foot) DNP DNP DNP OUT
DT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen (calf) LP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
WR Joshua Cribbs (knee) LP LP FP PROBABLE
TE Alex Smith (illness) FP FP FP PROBABLE
C John Greco (thumb) FP FP FP PROBABLE
OT Joe Thomas (back) LP LP FP PROBABLE
DT John Hughes (back) FP FP FP PROBABLE
DE Juqua Parker (knee) LP LP FP PROBABLE
DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder, hamstring) LP LP LP PROBABLE
S Tashaun Gipson (foot) LP FP FP PROBABLE



STEELERS WED THU FRI STATUS
WR Mike Wallace (hip) DNP DNP DNP OUT
OT Mike Adams (ankle) LP DNP DNP OUT
CB Curtis Brown (ankle) DNP DNP DNP OUT
LB Marshall McFadden (abdomen) -- LP DNP OUT
G David DeCastro (hamstring) FP FP FP PROBABLE
CB Keenan Lewis (knee) DNP DNP FP PROBABLE
S Troy Polamalu (not injury related) DNP DNP FP PROBABLE

DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation

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