Browns healing up in secondary as Steelers game nears

Cleveland's banged-up secondary promises to be a little bit healthier Sunday against the Steelers.

Cornerbacks Joe Haden and Jamar Taylor, both of whom were limited at practice this week with their respective groin injuries, weren't listed on the final injury report and are expected to play against Pittsburgh.

The only player listed on Cleveland's final injury report is nickel cornerback Tramon Williams Sr., who is questionable with a knee injury.

Haden missed two games in October with a groin injury and was limited at Thursday's practice. Taylor did not play in last week's game at Baltimore and logged just 10 snaps the previous week against the Jets.

"Joe is competing the best he can every play and really every game," defensive coordinator Ray Horton said. "Joe is an important part of our defense and we always want Joe out there."

During Taylor's absence, rookie Briean Boddy-Calhoun received a significant increase in snaps. That could be the case, again, if Williams is unable to play.

Haden intercepted his team-best third pass of the season last week against the Ravens. Taylor, who has started every game in which he's been available, is right behind Haden with two.

Cleveland's secondary certainly will be tested against a Steelers passing game that is led by veteran Ben Roethlisberger and features one of the best receivers in the league, Antonio Brown. Browns coach Hue Jackson said Brown's goal is to "embarrass" his opponent, and the Browns' secondary will be tasked to prevent such an occurrence.

"Dynamic players, a dynamic coach, a well-coached team," Jackson said. "Obviously, they have probably, arguably a few of the best players in the game with Antonio Brown, Ben and Le'Veon (Bell). I have a lot of respect for those guys."

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