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Steelers-Browns Preview Capsule

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The Steelers enter Sunday's game against the Browns nursing injuries on offense and in the thick of the AFC Wild Card race.

Their quarterback is hurt again, their offensive line is down two regulars, their star running back is out for the season and his veteran back-up is banged up. And conference wins are hard to come by, making Sundays's game crucial.


Cleveland Browns (2-7) at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-4)
Sunday, Nov. 15
1 p.m. on CBS
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.

What’s on the Line: At 5-4, the Steelers need to fortify their position in the AFC wild card race. The Bills, Jets, Raiders, Colts, Dolphins, Chiefs and Texans are all battling for their lives, and a victory against the Browns would put the Steelers a step ahead.

Key Player: Pittsburgh RB DeAngelo Williams. The Browns enter the game ranked last in the NFL against the rush, allowing nearly 150 yards per game. Williams – who is dealing with an inflamed foot – has rushed for 374 yards and five touchdowns in his three starts this season.

Key Stat: The Steelers back-ups behind Williams, Jordan Todman and Isaiah Pead, have touched the ball twice this season.

Injury Report: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (foot) was limited at practice on Thursday. When asked by reporters about playing Sunday against the Browns, Roethlisberger said, "I hope so."  After missing Wednesday's practice due to a foot issue, running back DeAngelo Williams was a full participant Thursday. Browns quarterback Josh McCown (ribs) was limited in practice again on Thursday, coach Mike Pettine said. A decision on the starter for Sunday against the Steelers hasn't been made. Cornerback Joe Haden remains in the league's concussion protocol.

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