PITTSBURGH – Browns running back Peyton Hillis is active for tonight’s game against the Steelers and expected to start. He strained his left hip Sunday in a loss to Baltimore and was listed as questionable on the injury report.
This will be the first time Hillis has played three straight games this season. He missed Week 3 with strep throat and later missed five games with a pulled hamstring. He returned Nov. 27 vs. Cincinnati.
The Browns (4-8) and Steelers (9-3) will kick off at 8:20.
Safety T.J. Ward (foot) is inactive for the fifth straight week. He hopes to return this season, but still had pain in the foot this week. Usama Young will start in his place, with rookie seventh-round pick Eric Hagg likely replacing Young in nickel situations.
There were no surprises on Cleveland’s inactive list. Ward and linebacker Quinton Spears (hamstring) were ruled out Monday.
Joining them as inactives were: quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, tight end Jordan Cameron, defensive end Auston English and offensive linemen Steve Vallos and Oniel Cousins.
For the Steelers, linebacker LaMarr Woodley and receiver Emmanuel Sanders were the notable scratches. Jason Worilds will start in place of Woodley.
The other Pittsburgh inactives were: quarterback Dennis Dixon, linebacker Chris Carter, defensive end Al Woods, tackle Jamon Meredith and receiver Arnaz Battle.
The Steelers also placed nose tackle Chris Hoke (neck) and running back Jonathan Dwyer on injured reserve today. Linebacker Mortty Ivy and safety Damon Cromartie-Smith were activated from the practice squad.
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