Steelers forget to recover free kick, leave Browns to grab ball

The Pittsburgh Steelers botched a free kick return, unnecessarily giving the Cleveland Brown the ball after a safety in Sunday’s game.

After left tackle Desmond Harrison was called for a holding penalty during a pass from Cleveland’s own end zone, the officiating crew awarded the Steelers with a safety. Then, Browns punter Britton Colquitt booted the ball on the ensuing free kick.

One Steeler on the return team called for a fair catch, but it was not a serious attempt to field the ball. Then, receiver Ryan Switzer attempt to catch the ball, but let it bounce and roll several yards. But the same rules as a regular kickoff apply to free kicks, meaning that the ball was live and could be recovered by the Browns.

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