Pittsburgh will enter northeastern Ohio with little swagger and no quarterback on Sunday. The scenario couldn't be better for an upstart Cleveland Browns team.
The Steelers (6-4) lost Ben Roethlisberger in Week 10 to multiple injuries. One of them, a loose rib that could puncture a chamber of his heart if jostled further, is potentially life-threatening. Second-stringer Byron Leftwich struggled in his outing against Baltimore in Week 11, apparently suffering a midsection injury of his own. His status for the game in Cleveland is uncertain.
Cleveland (2-8), meanwhile, has made the most of what it has: a 29-year-old rookie under center, a young-but-tough running back and an enterprising defense. Cleveland nearly stole a game from Dallas in Week 11, forcing the Cowboys into overtime but eventually losing. This Browns team is on the verge of transforming from a team that plays in close games to a team that wins close games.
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