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Former Hawkeye lineman Steinbach out for the season with Cleveland Browns


Browns steady offensive guard Eric Steinbach is out for the season after undergoing back surgery.

Steinbach who played with the Iowa Hawkeyes from 1999-2003 is having a "disk issue" fixed in his back, Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur said after Tuesday's practice. Steinbach will be lost for the season after being placed on injured reserve.

Steinbach left practice two weeks ago when his back stiffened up. He had been getting treatments before opting to have surgery.

The 31-year-old hasn't missed a snap in two years, playing between Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas and Pro Bowl center Alex Mack. Steinbach's quickness allows the Browns to use him on sweeps, and his blocks helped Peyton Hillis rush for nearly 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

Steinbach has been with the Browns for four seasons. He signed with Cleveland in 2007 after spending four seasons in Cincinnati.

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