CLEVELAND – Browns running back Peyton Hillis will be active for today’s game against the Steelers despite missing practice all week with sore ribs. He’s expected to start, but will likely split carries with Mike Bell.
The Steelers (11-4) would clinch the AFC North title with a win over the Browns (5-10). Kickoff is at 1 o’clock.
Hillis, the team’s MVP this year with 1,638 yards from scrimmage, took a shot to the back from Ravens safety Ed Reed on the second play last week. Hillis was in and out of the lineup in the 20-10 loss and will likely wear extra padding to protect the ribs.
For the Steelers, Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu (ankle) is active after missing the last two games.
Jake Delhomme is Cleveland’s third quarterback for the third straight week. Seneca Wallace will back up rookie Colt McCoy.
The rest of the Browns inactives were receivers and defensive linemen. The receivers: rookie Carlton Mitchell, Jordan Norwood and Demetrius Williams. The linemen: Travis Ivey, Brian Sanford, Jayme Mitchell and Ko Quaye.
Ivey was a mild surprise after starting against the Ravens in his NFL debut. Jayme Mitchell was inactive for all 12 games after joining the Browns in a trade from Minnesota for an undisclosed draft pick in 2012.
For the Steelers, Charlie Batch was the third quarterback. Defensive end Aaron Smith, running back Mewelde Moore, cornerback Crezdon Butler, tackles Chris Scott and Tony Hills, defensive tackle Steve McLendon and linebacker Jason Worilds were inactive.
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