The Browns (4-11) look to stop a six-game losing streak at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field. The Steelers (7-8) can reach the playoffs with a win and losses by Miami, Baltimore and San Diego.
Haden sustained a hip pointer Dec. 15 against Chicago and didn’t finish the game. He played last week in the loss to the Jets, but aggravated the injury and didn’t practice during the week.
Rookie third-round pick Leon McFadden will start in place of Haden.
The Browns did receive some good news, as tight end Jordan Cameron is active and expected to start. He missed the Jets game with a concussion sustained against the Bears, but returned to practice Friday and was cleared by an independent neurologist. Cameron was also selected to his first Pro Bowl.
The Browns are as banged up as they’ve been all year.
Nose tackle Phil Taylor (concussion), defensive end John Hughes (knee), right guard Shawn Lauvao (thigh) and left guard Jason Pinkston (concussion) are also inactive.
John Greco, who’s missed the last two games with a knee sprain, will slide from left guard to right guard. Rookie seventh-round pick Garrett Gilkey will start his first NFL game at left guard.
Ishmaa’ily Kitchen will make his first career start in place of Taylor, and Billy Winn will start at right defensive end with Desmond Bryant (irregular heartbeat) on injured reserve and Hughes inactive.
The other Cleveland inactives are quarterback Alex Tanney and backup tight end Andre Smith (calf).
The Steelers will be without starting outside linebacker Jason Worilds (abdomen). Their other inactives are quarterback Landry Jones, cornerback Isaiah Green, linebacker Terence Garvin, defensive end Brian Arnfelt, offensive lineman David Snow and defensive tackle Hebron Fangupo.
Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson is inactive, moving Cleveland’s Josh Gordon closer to his first NFL receiving title, and the first for a Browns player.
Gordon leads the league with 1,564 yards. Johnson is second with 1,492 and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown third with 1,412. Brown should benefit from the absence of Haden, but he’d need to outgain Gordon by 153 yards to pass him for the title.