Browns Vs. Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger Grits Out Ankle Injury To Help Pittsburgh Beat Cleveland, 14-3

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Colt McCoy Injury: McCoy Needs Lights Turned Off During Post-Game Interview

The Cleveland Browns may have some questions to answer later today and not all just about another AFC North loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  After quarterback Colt McCoy was lit up by James Harrison, McCoy returned to the game after one play.  Problem is, after the game, McCoy needed all the lights in the interview room turned down - at the request of the Browns.  

Sensitivity to light is one of the many signs of 'concussion-like symptoms'.  Add to that a report that McCoy didn't remember the hit and you have to wonder if McCoy underwent any kind of concussion testing on the sideline.  The NFL has made detecting concussions in-game a priority, and we've seen players in the past remain sidelined during the game as teams played it safe with apparent head injuries.

When asked if he felt the hit was dirty, Browns head coach Pat Shurmur thought so.

"Well, I mean it was penalized, right?'' said Shurmur. "I think (the officials) felt it was, so it was penalized.''

It remains to be seen if Shurmur and the Browns will have to answer for anything else.

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Browns Vs. Steelers Score: McCoy, Roethlisberger Impressive Early, Steelers Lead 7-3

Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy was impressive on the team's opening possession against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the Browns were forced to settle for a field goal after an apparent touchdown run by McCoy was overturned on review.

McCoy was 4-4 for 69 yards to start the game, including long completions to tight end Evan Moore and Josh Cribbs.  It was a 3rd and goal from inside the one after the reversal, however, that left a sour taste in the Browns mouth.  McCoy handed off to running back Peyton Hillis but had no shot as the entire left side of the Browns offensive line was pushed 3 yards into the backfield.

After holding the Browns to a field goal, the Steelers wen on an impressive drive of their own, going 73 yards in five plays before Ben Roethlisberger hit Jerricho Cotchery on an 11-yard touchdown pass.  Like McCoy, Roethlisberger was perfect on his first drive, going 3-3 for 45 yards.

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Browns Vs. Steelers: Injuries And Inactives Announced, But Peyton Hillis Will Play

The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers are meeting in a special Thursday Night Football game for the weekly showcase on NFL Network. The inactive report was released about an hour before the game and, surprisingly, no injuries will keep the starting running backs out of action for the Browns.

The Browns will have both Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty available when they face the Steelers on Thursday night. One player they won't have available is safety T.J. Ward so Usama Young will be placed into the starting lineup.

The Steelers will be without key players LaMarr Woodley and Emmanuel Sanders. The reports say that Jason Worilds will replace Woodley in the starting lineup while Sanders just removes one of Ben Roethlisberger's receiving options. 

Te entire inactive report is listed below.

BROWNS: QB Thaddeus Lewis, S T.J. Ward, OL Steve Vallos, OT Oniel Cousins, TE Jordan Cameron, LB Quinton Spears and DL Auston English. Usama Young replaces Ward at safety.

STEELERS: LB LaMarr Woodley, WR Emmanuel Sanders, LB Chris Carter, DE Al Woods, OT Jamon Meredith, WR Arnaz Battle and QB Dennis Dixon. Jason Worilds will start in place of Woodley at outside linebacker.

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