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Browns Starter Ruled Out vs. Steelers Due To "Coaching Decision"

A Cleveland Browns helmet sitting on the field.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: A Cleveland Browns helmet rests on the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Browns 29-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

In a surprising turn of events, the Cleveland Browns will be without a key member from their secondary tomorrow. The coaching staff has ruled out Damarious Randall for the Steelers game.

Randall was ejected against the Steelers during their first meeting for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Diontae Johnson. It was a late hit that ultimately left the rookie wideout with a concussion.

Cleveland played Randall last weekend against the Miami Dolphins. There weren't any glaring issues from his performance during that game.

Nonetheless, the Browns have decided to rule out Randall.

Mary Kay Cabot of is reporting that it's officially listed as a "coaching decision."

Freddie Kitchens has not commented on this move yet, but it’s likely that he will by the end of this weekend.

The Browns are already going to be without left tackle Greg Robinson, who remains in concussion protocol.

Not having Randall could loom large in this matchup, especially since the defense is facing an inexperienced quarterback in Devlin Hodges.

Sheldrick Redwine is listed as the second-string free safety on the depth chart. It would make sense for the Steelers to test him early and often through the air.

Kickoff for this AFC North clash is at 1 p.m. ET from Heinz Field.