Lewis, Hardesty to start

Posted Dec 30, 2012

PITTSBURGH -- Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and running back Montario Hardesty will start for the Cleveland Browns today against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

PITTSBURGH -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, running back Montario Hardesty and defensive back Buster Skrine will start today against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

Lewis will start in place of Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy, both of whom suffered right-shoulder injuries in the team’s loss to the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High last Sunday. Hardesty will go for Trent Richardson, who injured his ankle while blocking for McCoy against the Broncos. Skrine will replace Brown after the 11-year veteran suffered a concussion at Denver.

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 Jordan Cameron (head) on Friday’s injury report. They deactivated offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw and linebacker Adrian Moten on Sunday morning.

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.

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