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Steelers-Browns halftime update

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker
CLEVELAND -- It's been a backyard brawl so far in Northeast Ohio. The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the Cleveland Browns 7-0 in a defensive struggle.

Here are some first-half notes:

  • There was a lot of feistiness going between these two teams in the first half. Browns middle linebacker Andra Davis was trash-talking the Pittsburgh Steelers sideline to start the game, and there were at least two near-scuffles in the opening quarter.

  • Steelers starting receivers Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward are having their way with Cleveland's secondary. The pair have combined for seven receptions for 77 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Currently the duo have accounted for all of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's completions in the first two quarters.

  • Cleveland starting quarterback Derek Anderson did not have a good start, missing 9 of his first 11 throws. He got hot towards the end of the second quarter, but threw a last-second pick to Steelers safety Troy Polamalu before the half that ended Cleveland's scoring threat. It was Anderson's second interception of the half.

  • Pittsburgh starting defensive end Brett Keisel injured his right calf towards the end of the first quarter. It was announced right before halftime that he will not return to the game.