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15 players miss practice with injuries


BEREA – The injuries have officially piled up for the Browns.

Fifteen of the 90 players on the roster didn’t practice this afternoon as the team returned to the field following a 19-17 preseason-opening win in Detroit.

Some of the idle were expected, but some were not.

The list (with injury, if known): receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion), cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle), running back Trent Richardson (arthroscopic knee surgery), defensive tackle Scott Paxson (knee), receiver Travis Benjamin, linebacker Scott Fujita, tight end Jordan Cameron (back), tight end Benjamin Watson, linebacker Chris Gocong (Achilles), linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, defensive end Marcus Benard, defensive end Frostee Rucker, safety Usama Young, fullback Eddie Williams and defensive tackle Phil Taylor (torn pectoral).

Coach Pat Shurmur wouldn’t elaborate much after practice.

“It’s hard to tell when they will all be back,” he said. “We’ll see.”

Shurmur did dispute Massaquoi’s postgame tweet that he didn’t suffer a concussion.

“I told you what happened,” Shurmur said. “He had a concussion and we treated it as so.”

Jackson didn’t play against the Lions, but is being rested as a precaution.

Richardson is back with the team after surgery Thursday in Florida and is rehabbing. The Browns are still hoping he returns for Week 1 against Philadelphia.

** With Patterson out, rookie seventh-round pick Trevin Wade worked as the first-team nickelback. Shurmur complimented his performance against the Lions.

** With the entire starting linebacking corps sidelined, fourth-rounder James-Michael Johnson lined up on the strong side, undrafted rookie L.J. Fort in the middle and Kaluka Maiava on the weak side.

** Cornerback Joe Haden had two interceptions, continuing a strong camp.


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