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Week 11, Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) at. Cleveland Browns (6-3)
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2023, 1:00 p.m.
Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland (67,431, grass)
TV: CBS, KDKA-TV Channel 2 locally (Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn) Steelers TV Map
Radio: Steelers Radio Network, 102.5 WDVE-FM (Bill Hillgrove, Craig Wolfley, Max Starks); SiriusXM 138 or 382
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The injury bug has thrown the doors to the AFC North wide open for the Pittsburgh Steelers, with Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow both lost for the season to injuries this week.
The Steelers can take advantage, but only if they take care of business against Browns rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson this week and Bengals journeyman Jake Browning next week.
STEELERS INJURY REPORT
Steelers safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick and Keanu Neal will both miss the game, as well as nose tackle Montravius Adams.
Tight end Pat Freiermuth is listed as questionable, but expected to play after being elevated from the injured reserve list on Saturday.
|SS Keanu Neal||Rib||Nov. 12||Unknown||Injured reserve (Wk. 15)|
|ILB Kwon Alexander||Achilles||Nov. 12||Out for season||Injured reserve|
|ILB Cole Holcomb||Left knee||Nov. 2||Out for season||Injured reserve|
|NT Montravius Adams||Right ankle||Nov. 2||Day to day||Active, OUT vs. Cle.|
|FS Minkah Fitzpatrick||Right hamstring||Oct. 29||Week to week||Active, OUT vs. Cle.|
|TE Pat Freiermuth||Right hamstring||Oct. 19||Day to day||IR-R, QUES vs. Cle.|
|LB Chapelle Russell II||Knee||Aug. 11||Out for season||Injured reserve|
|CB Cory Trice||Right ACL tear||Aug. 1||Out for season||Injured reserve|
|RB Alfonzo Graham||Torn right labrum||July 29||Out for season||Injured reserve|
|DT Renell Wren||Torn right Achilles tendon||May 17||Out for season||Injured reserve|
The Steelers elevated linebacker Tariq Carpenter and safety Trenton Thompson from the practice squad to the active roster for this game. They also signed linebacker Mykal Walker from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, activated Freiermuth from the IR and placed safety Keanu Neal on the IR.
The Steelers placed linebacker Kwon Alexander and waived nose tackle Breiden Fehoko. He cleared waivers and was re-signed to the practice squad.
The Steelers also signed linebacker Tyler Murray to the practice squad and released guard Joey Fisher and tight end Scotty Washington from that unit.
THE LAST TIME
Alex Highsmith intercepted Deshaun Watson and returned it for a touchdown on the first play of the game, and stipped Watson in the fourth quarter to set up T.J. Watt’s game-sealing touchdown as the Steelers beat the Browns 26-22 in Week 2. In between, they didn’t do much other than a long Kenny Pickett to George Pickens touchdown pass.
The Steelers lead the all-time series, 79-61-1, though recently, it has been much closer than that. The Steelers have swept the series just once in the last four seasons, while the Browns won the most recent playoff game between the teams in 2020.
The Steelers are 7-5-1 against the Browns since the start of the 2018 season.
The current period of parity was preceded by one of Pittsburgh dominance. The Steelers lost only six games to Cleveland between the revival of the Browns franchise in 1999 and 2019.
The Steelers are 15-5 all-time at Cleveland Browns Stadium, which opened in 1999 to coincide with the re-emergence of the team after a three-year hiatus.
The ties between the Steelers and Browns start at the top, as Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam was formerly a minority owner of the Steelers.
Special teams coordinator and assistant head coach Raymond “Bubba” Ventrone is a Pittsburgh native and Chartiers Valley alum, the same high school as Steelers long snapper Christian Kuntz.
Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt is also a Pittsburgh native. He went to high school in Texas, but returned to the 412 to attend Pitt, where he broke Dan Marino’s single-season passing record. Van Pelt was drafted by the Steelers in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL Draft, but was cut before the start of the season.
Linebacker Tony Fields II was drafted out of West Virginia in 2021.