Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson Jr. made sure to acknowledge Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier after scoring a touchdown.
Johnson took a knee in the end zone for a quick prayer. Once he rose to his feet, he showed the number 50, Shazier’s number, with his hands and ran back to sidelines.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 31, 2017
That is a great gesture from a division rival that is having a tough season. The Browns are trying today, against several second-string Steelers’ players, to not become the second 0-16 team in NFL history. In 2008, the Detroit Lions were the first team to have a season that unsuccessful.
The motivation to not join that company has the Browns playing with a playoff-like intensity. They are trailing the Steelers 28-21 early in the third quarter.
However, some things are more important than a little embarrassment. Shazier’s spinal injury has the rest of his career in jeopardy, and at the time of the injury there was fear that he could be paralyzed. There has been movement in his lower extremities since the injury, and he visited the Steelers in wheelchair prior to their Week 16 matchup against the Houston Texans.