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Freddie Kitchens wears ‘Pittsburgh started it’ shirt

Tensions will indeed be high on Sunday.

Head coach Freddie Kitchens of the Cleveland Browns walks on the field prior to the start of the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FirstEnergy Stadium on November 14, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, and tensions are still high following their brawl two weeks ago in Cleveland. Defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hit him with it, resulting in an indefinite suspension through at least the rest of the season.

After Garrett hit Rudolph with the helmet, the team made it clear it was unnecessary. However, they clearly place some manner of blame on the Steelers. A week after the game, co-owner Dee Haslam wore a knitted hat displaying Myles Garrett’s number. On Friday, Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens was a little more explicit in blaming the Steelers. He wore a shirt that says “Pittsburgh started it.”

It’s safe to say tensions will be high in Pittsburgh for Sunday’s game. There are huge playoff implications, with both teams desperate to hang in the wild card race. And coming off the ugly Week 11 brawl, you have to wonder how this game might shake out.