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McLendon may have broken ankle

11/24/2013

CLEVELAND -- The Pittsburgh Steelers may have lost a defensive starter for the rest of the season.

Nose tackle Steve McLendon left a 27-11 win against the Cleveland Browns with an ankle injury, and the fourth-year veteran as well as the Steelers are hoping he didn't sustain a fracture when he got hurt at the end of the first quarter.

McLendon left FirstEnergy Stadium with the Steelers on crutches.

Cornerback Curtis Brown may have also suffered a major knee injury when he went down after covering a punt. Brown’s injury was a non-contact one.

Coach Mike Tomlin will provide updates on each player Monday at his weekly news conference. The briefing has been moved up a day since the Steelers play Thursday night at Baltimore.

The Steelers were without two defensive starters against the Browns as defensive end Brett Keisel (foot) and outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley (calf) each missed his consecutive game because of an injury.

Jason Worilds had another big game while playing at left outside linebacker in place of Woodley. Worilds had a game-high six quarterback hits against the Browns, and the fourth-year veteran was a major reason why the Steelers registered five sacks.