Lewis will start in place of
Prior to Sunday, Brown had played 175 straight games since being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002, a mark that was fifth-best among active defensive players.
The Browns ruled out Weeden, McCoy, Richardson, Brown and tight end
Defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen has battled a calf injury for the past two weeks and was listed as “questionable” on Friday’s injury report, but is active for the game.
The Steelers deactivated quarterback Byron Leftwich, wide receiver David Gilreath, cornerback Justin King, linebacker Marshall McFadden, defensive end Al Woods, defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo, and nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu for the game.
Emmanuel Sanders will start at wide receiver in place of Mike Wallace and Kelvin Beachum will play at right tackle for rookie Mike Adams. Wallace (hip), Adams (ankle), cornerback Curtis Brown (ankle) and McFadden (abdomen) were ruled out on Friday.