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Browns-Steelers Injury Report: The QB Guessing Game

Jimmy: "Are you gonna play Sunday?" Josh: "Coach hasn't told me yet."
Jimmy: "Are you gonna play Sunday?" Josh: "Coach hasn't told me yet."
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Here is a wrap-up of the injury situation for the Cleveland Browns heading into tonight's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers:

  • The Browns will be without LG Joel Bitonio, CB Joe Haden, and SS Donte Whitner. Rookie first-round pick Cameron Erving will make his first start in place of Bitonio. CB Pierre Desir is expected to start for Haden, and either S Jordan Poyer or S Ibraheim Campbell will start for Whitner.
  • The quarterback situation is still up-in-the-air for both teams. We could see Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel for Cleveland, and we could see Ben Roethlisberger or Landry Jones for Pittsburgh.

  • FS Tashaun Gipson came down with an illness on Friday, so his status will be re-evaluated this weekend.

  • The Steelers will be without four role players, with the most notable being reserve OLB James Harrison. This will be the first game that the 37-year old Harrison will have missed in 2015.

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

BROWNS WED THU FRI STATUS
OG Joel Bitonio (ankle) DNP DNP DNP OUT
CB Joe Haden (concussion) DNP DNP DNP OUT
SS Donte Whitner (concussion) DNP DNP DNP OUT
QB Josh McCown (ribs) LP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
FS Tashaun Gipson (illness) -- -- DNP QUESTIONABLE
S Jordan Poyer (shoulder) LP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
S Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring) LP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
QB Johnny Manziel (right elbow) FP FP FP PROBABLE
WR Brian Hartline (concussion) FP FP FP PROBABLE
WR Andrew Hawkins (concussion) FP FP FP PROBABLE



STEELERS WED THU FRI STATUS
TE Matt Spaeth (knee) DNP DNP DNP OUT
OLB James Harrison (knee) DNP DNP DNP OUT
LB Terence Garvin (knee) LP LP LP OUT
S Shamarko Thomas (knee) DNP DNP DNP OUT
QB Ben Roethlisberger (foot) DNP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
RB DeAngelo Williams (foot) DNP FP FP PROBABLE
RB Isaiah Pead (knee) LP FP FP PROBABLE
FB Will Johnson back)
DNP FP FP PROBABLE
WR Darius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) -- LP FP PROBABLE
OT Marcus Gilbert (toe) DNP FP FP PROBABLE
DT Steve McLendon (elbow) LP FP FP PROBABLE
ILB Ryan Shazier (knee) DNP DNP FP PROBABLE

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