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Kareem Hunt questionable to face Steelers; John Johnson III, Ronnie Harrison Jr. ruled out

The Browns may get back running back Kareem Hunt for the game Monday night vs. the Steelers but will again be without three key members of the secondary.

The Browns (7-8) ruled out starting safeties John Johnson III (hamstring) and Ronnie Harrison Jr. (ankle) and nickelback Troy Hill (knee).

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Hunt and defensive tackle Malik Jackson (knee) were listed as questionable on the official injury report.

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Hunt was injured Dec. 12 vs. the Ravens and missed the last two games while also on the COVID-19 reserve list. He returned to practice Friday and was limited the last two days.

Jackson has been dealing with soreness for a while and is expected to play.

Johnson will miss his second straight game and hasn’t practiced since getting hurt Dec. 20 vs. the Raiders.

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Harrison missed the Ravens game Dec. 12 with an ankle injury then the next two on the COVID list. He was a full practice participant Thursday then limited the last two days.

Grant Delpit and M.J. Stewart Jr. are expected to start at safety vs. the Steelers (7-7-1). Stewart played well filling in the last two weeks, totaling a team-high 21 tackles.

Hill, who was also on the COVID list for the last two games, will miss his third straight with the knee injury. But Greg Newsome II is back after missing three games with a concussion and COVID and can play in the slot.

The Browns can still win the AFC North but need to win their final two games and have the Bengals (9-6) lose Sunday to the Chiefs and the Ravens (8-7) lose one of their final two. The Browns would win the tiebreaker at 9-8.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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