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Steelers DC Dick LeBeau expects Johnny Manziel to be Browns starter

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau says he is expecting Johnny Manziel to be under center for the Cleveland Browns when the two teams open the regular season in Pittsburgh on Sept. 7.

Manziel practiced with the Browns' first team Monday, but coach Mike Pettine said he won’t name a starter until after the team’s third preseason game.

"I'm expecting (Johnny) Manziel to be the starter," LeBeau told Cleveland.com. "That's what I'm expecting. What he did in college is not an accident. He did it often enough against good teams."

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The AFC North foes square off again Oct. 12 in Cleveland. Pittsburgh has beaten Cleveland 25 out the last 29 times the teams have played. LeBeau said he expects the former Heisman Trophy winner to give the Steelers some problems. 

"I think he is going to be a handful for all of us," LeBeau said. "You watch all his games, and he created plays, he made plays, he kept plays alive."

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