Two key Steeler starters out
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Cleveland Browns without Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro and wide receiver Diontae Johnson. The AFC North-leading Steelers (4-0) ruled both players out for the showdown with the surging Browns (4-1) due to injury.
DeCastro left Sunday’s win over Philadelphia with an abdominal injury and did not practice this week. Rookie fourth-round pick Kevin Doston will start in place of DeCastro.
Johnson, Pittsburgh’s second-leading receiver behind JuJu Smith-Schuster, injured his back on a punt return against the Eagles. His absence means more snaps for both rookie Chase Claypool and Ray-Ray McLoud.
Claypool is coming off a four-touchdown performance against Philadelphia.
All the other players who missed portions of practice this week, including center Maurkice Pouncey (foot) and tight end Eric Ebron (hand), are expected to play.