The Cleveland Browns offensive line, which has started the same five players in each of the first eight games, suffered a setback Saturday when right guard Seth McKinney was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
There has been no official announcement from coach Romeo Crennel, but all indications are that quarterback Charlie Frye has retained the Browns' starting job for the outset of the season and will open against the Steelers.
Although there has been progress in negotiations over the past few days, Cleveland Browns officials and the representatives for first-round draft pick Brady Quinn remain divided over how to structure escalator clauses in the contract.
Quarterback Ken Dorsey, who began the season as the Browns' top backup to starter Charlie Frye and then slipped to No. 3 in the pecking order, will get his first start in more than a year in Sunday's season finale against the Houston Texans.