PITTSBURGH -- Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden did not practice on Wednesday because of a hip injury, putting his availability for Sunday in question.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, however, are preparing to see Haden in the 1 p.m. ET game and they expect the Pro Bowler to shadow wide receiver Antonio Brown's every move at FirstEnergy Stadium.
“I anticipate him playing,” Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. “It’s a rivalry game and he’s one of the best in the league.”
The Steelers will almost certainly be without three players who started on defense in the Sept. 7 season opener against the Browns.
Outside linebacker Jarvis Jones (wrist) is on the injured reserve/designated to return list and cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) is out indefinitely.
Ryan Shazier (knee) is the closest of the three to returning but it probably won’t be Sunday.
Shazier, who sprained his right knee in a Sept. 21 game against the Carolina Panthers, did not practice on Wednesday.
Safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring) also did not take part in the Steelers’ first practice of the week.
A handful of players were given a veteran’s day off on Wednesday, including strong safety Troy Polamalu, defensive end Brett Keisel, tight end Heath Miller and free safety Mike Mitchell.