Here is the latest Pennsylvania sports news from The Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Cleveland Browns without Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro and wide receiver Diontae Johnson. The AFC North-leading Steelers ruled both players out due to injury. DeCastro left last Sunday’s win over Philadelphia with an abdominal injury and did not practice all week. Rookie Kevin Dotson will start in place of DeCastro. Johnson, Pittsburgh’s second-leading receiver, injured his back on a punt return against the Eagles and practiced sparingly this week. His absence means a larger role for rookie Chase Claypool, who scored four times against Philadelphia.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Myles Garrett has moved past his incident with Pittsburgh backup quarterback Mason Rudolph. He hopes the Steelers have moved on as well. On Sunday, Cleveland’s defensive star will face the Steelers for the first time since last season, when he tore off Rudolph’s helmet and bashed him in the head with it during a game. Garrett was suspended for the remainder of the season. Garrett said he hasn’t thought about approaching Rudolph before kickoff. He’s more focused on trying to pressure Ben Roethlisberger. The Browns are off to their best start since 1994. The Steelers are unbeaten and haven’t lost at home to Cleveland since 2003.
UNDATED (AP) — The Steelers against the Browns was once the best of NFL rivalries but fell on hard times as a matchup basically when the Browns left for Baltimore in 1996. The team that replaced them in Cleveland in 1999 never has measured up and Ravens-Steelers became an AFC biggie. Maybe now the Browns are ready for the big time. They are 4-1 under first-year coach Kevin Stefanski and looking balanced on offense and defense. On Sunday comes their biggest test since an opening-game flop at Baltimore when they head for the short drive southeast to the Steel City where the Browns haven’t won since 2003.
UNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia Union midfielder Brenden Aaronson will join Salzburg following the conclusion of the Major League Soccer season. The Union says the 19-year-old has signed a contract through 2025 with the Bundesliga team. He’ll be able to play for the club when the international transfer window opens in January. Aaronson’s move represents the first time a homegrown Union player has transferred to a European club.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The go-to guy at courtside, on the field and in the press box who covered Philadelphia sports from the days of Wilt Chamberlain to Bryce Harper for The Associated Press and other outlets has died. Jack Scheuer worked as a freelance sports stringer for the AP for 46 years after starting out with the Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper. During a retirement tribute at Citizens Bank Park on the final day of the 2019 season, it was estimated he had covered 3,500 Phillies games and 3,600 basketball games. Scheuer was a member of the Big 5 Hall of Fame. Son Bob said his father died Friday in hospice care from kidney and cancer complications. Jack Scheuer was 88.