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NFL Capsule: Browns at Steelers

NFL Capsule: Browns at Steelers

CLEVELAND (5-10) At PITTSBURGH (7-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

OPENING LINE - OFF

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cleveland 8-6-1; Pittsburgh 6-9

SERIES RECORD - Steelers lead 62-57

AP PRO32 RANKING - Browns No. 23; Steelers No. 17

LAST MEETING - Browns beat Steelers 20-14, Nov. 25

LAST WEEK - Browns lost to Broncos 34-12; Steelers lost to Bengals 13-10

BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (27), RUSH (25), PASS (20)

BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (24), RUSH (19), PASS (27)

STEELERS OFFENSE - OVERALL (21), RUSH (26), PASS (11)

STEELERS DEFENSE - OVERALL (1), RUSH (2), PASS (1)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Steelers eliminated from playoff contention last week. ... Browns last swept Steelers in 1988. ... Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller out with right knee injury. ... Cleveland's last win in Pittsburgh came in 2003. ... Browns forced eight Pittsburgh turnovers in previous meeting. ... Cleveland QB Brandon Weeden nursing right shoulder injury and may not play. ... Steelers haven't finished with losing record since 2003. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger has touchdown pass in all 12 games he's played. ... Pittsburgh DB Cortez Allen had two interceptions and forced fumble last week. ... Steelers have third-highest home winning percentage (.732) since Heinz Field opened in 2001 ... Cleveland K Phil Dawson has converted 28 of 29 field goals ... Weeden's five wins are most by rookie Browns QB in team history. ... Steelers average time of possession (32:14) second in NFL ... Pittsburgh 1-5 since 6-3 start ... Cleveland RB Trent Richardson's 12 touchdowns leads NFL rookies ... Cleveland's 82 combined rookie starts most in league ... Each of Cleveland WR Josh Gordon's five touchdown receptions have been longer than 20 yards ... Steelers recorded season-high six sacks last week against Cincinnati.

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

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NFL owners unanimously approve new national anthem policy

NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy that allows players to remain in the locker room if they prefer but requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance.

This new policy subjects teams, but not players, to fines if any team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. 

Teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction separately though. 

The NFL Players Association released it's own statement after the news was made official.

 

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In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

In a surprise twist, Barry Trotz takes The Hot Lap ahead of Game 7

TAMPA—Head Coach Barry Trotz skated the hot lap prior to Wednesday’s Game 7 at Amalie Arena, taking over the superstitious tradition from captain Alex Ovechkin.

Why the change?

The Caps lost Game 5 here on Saturday. And when the Caps lose on the road—the only place where the morning-skate-starting hot lap takes place—a new skater is selected.

The weird tradition began in the first round at Nationwide Arena in Columbus when Jay Beagle grew tired of waiting for the ice to freeze over following a fresh Zamboni cut. Beagle's teammates implored him to wait a little longer for the ice to cure, but he grew impatient and took it upon himself to kick off the skate by racing around the rink, a la the fastest skater competition at the All Star Skills competition.

Ovechkin took it over prior to Game 6 in Pittsburgh because the Caps had lost Game 4 at PPG Paints Arena.

Ovechkin proudly carried on the tradition as Washington won three in a row—Game 6 in Pittsburgh and Games 1 and 2 of this series vs. Tampa Bay.

Following the Caps’ 3-2 defeat in Game 5 here, though, it was expected that a change would be made.

And on Wednesday morning the baton changed hands, with the least obvious of all the Caps busting his 55-year-old hump around the rink much to the delight of his players and assistants.

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