PITTSBURGH — Steelers linebacker Devin Bush left his team’s game against the Cleveland Browns in the first half on Sunday after suffering a non-contact, lower-body injury. The Steelers characterized it as a knee injury and first said he was questionable to return before later downgrading him to out for the remainder of the game.
Bush was chasing down Browns running back D’Ernest Johnson in the right flat as the Browns were driving late in the second quarter.
He stumbled while diving toward Johnson as the pass arrived, and was in visible pain while he stayed down on the sideline.
Bush got to his feet. was helped off the field with assistance and was taken first to the medical tent on the Pittsburgh sideline for further examination. He then walked under his own power to the Steelers’ locker room.
He was replaced on the Steelers’ defense by Robert Spillane, who assumed Bush’s play-calling responsibility as the Steelers defender wearing the helmet with radio communication to the sideline. Fellow backup Ulysees Gilbert III did not dress for the game, making hybrid safety Marcus Allen the only other inside linebacker option.
From the Locker Room: Ben Roethlisberger Explains How Steelers Defense Helps Offense
Despite putting up 31 of the teams’s 38 points scored in the Steelers win over the Browns, quarterback Ben Roethlsiberger explained to the media after the game that he didn’t really feel like the offense did that much. And Roethlsiberger’s final stat line points in that direction. The future Hall of Fame quarterback only completed 14 passes for 162 yards on the day.
Roethlisberger also talked about how the strong imposing play of the defense can help the offense have success, even without accumulating a bunch of big numbers.
From the Locker Room: Cam Heyward on Steelers Defense Punishing Baker Mayfield
Cam Heyward spoke to the media after the Steelers dominating win over the Browns. Heyward clarified comments he made prior to the game and explained how the Steelers defense was able to do so well against Browns QB Baker Mayfield.
The leader of the Steeles defense also touched on what message he’s telling the rest of the team about the mindset they should have while sitting at 5-0.
Postgame Show: Steelers Expose Browns, Cement Contender Status
The Pittsburgh Steelers dominated the Cleveland Browns. There’s no better way to describe the game. Host Mike Asti talked with briefly with Steelers fan Michael Santiago of Getty Images, who many in Pittsburgh may know for his photography work, and then pivoted to chat with subscribers during this edition of Pittsburgh Postgame.
The discussion included what losing Devin Bush could mean for the defense, Chase Claypool joining NFL history, JuJu Smith-Schuster not able to be involved in the offensive fun again and even James Conner answering his critics, which have certainly included Mike Asti himself.