CLEVELAND — The Steelers got out of Thursday night’s 29-17 loss to the Cleveland Browns relatively healthy, as there was no significant injuries other than the hamstring injury to Ahkello Witherspoon, according to head coach Mike Tomlin.
Witherspoon’s injury occurred in the third quarter, and he didn’t return to the game. Witherspoon had a rough outing, as he gave up several completions, most of which were allowed to Amari Cooper. Cooper led the Browns with seven receptions for 101 yards (14.4 average) and a touchdown. He was matched up against safety Terrell Edmunds for the touchdown.
Witherspoon told Alan Saunders of Steelers Now after the game that he’s fine, so it shouldn’t be a lingering injury heading to next week’s game against the New York Jets. The Steelers have a mini-bye week, so Witherspoon will have 10 days to get back to full health.
Levi Wallace replaced Witherspoon in the base defense, with Cam Sutton staying outside in the Nickel and Art Maulet filling in the slot.
Witherspoon came over to the Steelers from the Seattle Seahawks in a trade early in the 2021 season. He came on down the stretch in 2021 and is in his first season as a full-time starter.
Saunders provided reporting from Cleveland.