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Here are notes on the second quarter of Browns-Steelers from a Cleveland perspective.
Halftime score: Steelers 7, Browns 3
Positives: The Browns pinned the Steelers on their two-yard line courtesy of a wonderful punt from Reggie Hodges, who's quietly having a nice season. CB Joe Haden, who's making a positive impact on special teams, down the ball. .... The Browns have run fairly well on Pittsburgh, and RB Peyton Hillis' 14-yard burst up the middle in the second quarter was the longest run allowed by Pittsburgh this season.
Negatives: RS-WR Joshua Cribbs is out for the game after suffering a head injury. He left the game after a helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers ROLB James Harrison in the second quarter. WR Mohamed Massaquoi also was injured on another big hlt from Harrison, and he is out for the game, too.. ... Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger hit WR Mike Wallace for a 29-yard TD pass in the second quarter. Wallace beat CB Eric Wright.
Outlook: The Browns are hanging around, but the Steelers' improved their play in the second quarter, and the loss of Cribbs hurts Cleveland's offense and special teams.