The four-game drug suspension to CB Joe Haden early in the season and injuries in the defensive backfield late in the year exposed the Cleveland Browns' secondary for its lack of depth and talent.
QBs Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy are among Cleveland's inactives for its game against the Steelers.
Neither the Steelers nor the Browns have much at stake other than pride, but Pittsburgh will be looking to finish at .500 for the ninth season in a row, so that should be incentive enough.
Browns QB Thaddeus Lewis has never started in a regular season NFL game, let alone even played in one. He'll do both Sunday at Pittsburgh, replacing the injured Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy.
The Browns have careened to their fifth consecutive 10-loss season, and new owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner will probably announce the fates of general manager Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur early next week.
Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis isn't accustomed to the spotlight. In fact, he has never played in an NFL game.
Outclassed by the Broncos in every phase on Sunday, the Browns lost 34-12 and secured another season with double digits in the "L" column.
Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a first-possession touchdown, which set them in motion for a 34-12 win over the banged-up Browns.
Special teams standout Josh Cribbs was ready to talk Thursday bout the loss to the Redskins and his appreciation at being the leading vote-getter for the Pro Bowl.
Perhaps nothing matters now for coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert. Speculation is that their fates have been sealed, perhaps by the shoddy 38-21 loss to Washington.

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