The Cleveland Browns continued their winning ways on Sunday with a significant AFC North win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Like most of their wins this season, this was due to the defense.
The Browns have one of the NFL’s top defenses and lean on that unit each week.
Cleveland started rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson in this week’s game.
Facing a tough Steelers defense, they knew points would be at a premium.
The Browns ended up winning the game, 13-10, on a game-winning field goal as time expired.
But, it was not all positives that came from the game.
According to Ari Meirov, the Browns lost veteran safety Rodney McLeod for the season with a biceps injury.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) November 20, 2023
This is a tough loss for the Browns as McLeod was a solid contributor on defense.
He even had to start on Sunday as a replacement for the injured Juan Thornhill.
McLeod is 33 years old and is on a one-year deal with the Browns.
It is fair to say that his future in the NFL is in question after this injury.
McLeod has played 12 NFL seasons and has accomplished plenty.
He is a Super Bowl champion and has started 143 of the 166 games in his career.
Even with the injury, the Browns should keep McLeod around for his veteran leadership.
Many of the Browns players are unaccustomed to what it takes to win in the playoffs.
McLeod has been to the playoffs three times and he could help bring some guidance to an inexperienced Browns team.
Even though he cannot be on the field, McLeod can have his impact felt in the locker room.NEXT: Browns Activate Key Offensive Lineman From IR