Steelers notebook: Woodley, Adams exit with injuries
Linebacker LaMarr Woodley and rookie offensive tackle Mike Adams left the game against the Cleveland Browns with injuries.
Woodley, replaced by Jason Worilds, injured his ankle in the second quarter. Adams, replaced by rookie Kelvin Beechum, was knocked from the game with an ankle injury after getting rolled upon during a sack on quarterback Charlie Batch.
Woodley, who missed a game earlier this season with a hamstring injury, limped to the sideline midway through the first quarter. He returned later in the quarter, but went back out after only one snap, and he did not return.
Worilds played well in Woodley's absence. He registered two sacks and four tackles.
Guard Willie Colon sat out practice Friday with a knee injury and was pulled from the lineup in favor of Doug Legursky shortly before kickoff. Colon worked out an hour before kickoff, but the knee didn't respond as the team's medical staff hoped.
Colon, who started the previous 10 games, said he expects to play at Baltimore next Sunday.
• Browns cornerback Joe Haden outpointed receiver Mike Wallace, who was held without a catch until the last frantic play of the game when he caught a pass to trigger a wild scramble that finished with the Steelers' eighth turnover.
• While cornerback Ike Taylor dropped three errant passes, linebacker Lawrence Timmons had his third interception. Timmons returned a Brandon Weeden pass tipped by defensive end Brett Keisel 53 yards for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 7-0 lead. Timmons finished with a game-high 10 tackles.
• Plaxico Burress, signed early last week, got a surprising start, as the Steelers started with a three-receiver set. Batch didn't look his way until late in the second quarter, and the ball slipped through Burress' hands as he laid out for it inside the Cleveland 10. But Burress drew a pass interference penalty to set up a 1-yard TD run by Chris Rainey. In the fourth quarter, with the Steelers trying to recapture the lead, David Gilreath was inserted into the game instead of Burress.
• Cornerback Keenan Lewis figured the Steelers would have days like these with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out with shoulder and rib injuries. “We knew it was going to go like this with our star quarterback out,” Lewis said. “We were on the field a lot, so eventually they were going to make some plays.”
— Ralph N. Paulk
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