On Thursday night, the Cleveland Browns hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in a pivotal AFC North battle.
Both teams are unlikely to catch the Baltimore Ravens in the division, but are still alive in the AFC playoff hunt. Cleveland sits at 3-6 on the season, but face the easiest schedule in the NFL over the last half of year.
Baker Mayfield and company got off to a hot start against the Steelers tonight, rolling to a 14-0 first half lead.
However, Cleveland just suffered a second massive loss in its secondary. The Browns lost Morgan Burnett to an Achilles injury in the first half. Fellow safety Damarious Randall was ejected from the game for a vicious hit in the second half.
Randall hit Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson with the crown of his helmet. Johnson immediately went to the ground and had to be helped off the field.
Here’s the play.
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Johnson left the game on a cart.
Pittsburgh was already without starting running back James Conner and star wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. Conner re-injured his shoulder and Smith-Schuster suffered a concussion on another helmet-to-helmet hit in the first half.
Despite the injuries, Pittsburgh battled back with its first points of the night on a pass from Mason Rudolph to Jaylen Samuels.
Stay tuned for the latest.