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.