Browns fans who are watching their team struggle through a tough week can take heart in one fact: The Pittsburgh Steelers are having problems.
Among them: With Mike Wallace holding out, Pittsburgh is hurting at receiver. A two-day visit to camp showed more dropped passes than in a typical entire camp. After Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh has a bunch of complementary guys trying to be more than that.
At running back, there are serious questions. Rashard Mendenhall is still recovering from a torn ACL, and Isaac Redman, the guy the Steelers gave the job to, revealed this week he is having an MRI on an injured groin. That leaves Pittsburgh with Jason Ford — who just signed — and rookie Chris Rainey to go with Baron Batch (coming off an ACL) and Jonathan Dwyer. Not exactly Franco and Rocky.
Finally, linebacker James Harrison had arthroscopic knee surgery, which puts his availability in the first month of the season in question. Harrison hurt the knee in the spring, and rest was supposed to cure the injury. But Harrison may have pushed too hard, which exaggerated things. Now he might miss real time.
Will it all matter? Pittsburgh still has Ben Roethlisberger, and Wallace shoudl sign eventually. But this is a lot to deal with.
Still … while little problems in Cleveland mushroom, in Pittsburgh they seem to slowly disappear.