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Steelers-Browns Injury Report: Cleveland's Defense is Hurting

Jason Miller

Here is a wrap-up of the injury situation for the Cleveland Browns heading into this week's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers:

  • The Browns are going to be banged up defensively this week. At a minimum, DE Phil Taylor and DE Billy Winn have been ruled out, so you can expect additional reps for DE Armonty Bryant, DE John Hughes, and DT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen this week. The Browns could potentially be without DT Ahtyba Rubin, which would be a disaster for the defensive line.

  • The other big injuries to watch are OLB Paul Kruger and CB Joe Haden. Regardless of whether Kruger can play or not, head coach Mike Pettine already confirmed that OLB Eric Martin will get some work in. Haden was a limited participant in Friday's practice. I suspect he'll try to take a shot before the game on Sunday to see if he can battle through the pain.

  • DBN's Tim Miller talked about what the Browns can do given their injury situation here.

  • The Steelers will be without ILB Ryan Shazier and CB Ike Taylor again. They both played against the Browns in Week 1.

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

BROWNS WED THU FRI STATUS
WR Rodney Smith (hamstring)
-- DNP DNP OUT
DE Phil Taylor (knee)
DNP DNP DNP OUT
DE Billy Winn (quadricep)
DNP DNP DNP OUT
DT Ahtyba Rubin (ankle)
-- -- LP QUESTIONABLE
OLB Paul Kruger (back)
-- DNP DNP QUESTIONABLE
CB Joe Haden (hip)
DNP DNP LP QUESTIONABLE
RB Ben Tate (finger) FP FP FP PROBABLE
TE Jordan Cameron (ankle, shoulder) FP FP FP PROBABLE
OG John Greco (knee) FP FP FP PROBABLE
DE Desmond Bryant (wrist) FP FP FP PROBABLE
OLB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) FP FP FP PROBABLE
CB Buster Skrine (thumb) FP FP FP PROBABLE
FS Tashaun Gipson (shoulder)
FP FP FP PROBABLE



STEELERS WED THU FRI STATUS
ILB Ryan Shazier (knee) DNP LP LP OUT
CB Ike Taylor (forearm) DNP DNP DNP OUT
S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) DNP DNP DNP OUT
TE Heath Miller (not injury related) DNP FP FP PROBABLE
DE Brett Keisel (not injury related) DNP FP FP PROBABLE
S Troy Polamalu (not injury related) DNP DNP FP PROBABLE
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related) DNP FP FP PROBABLE

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