The Cleveland Browns were dealing with a number of injuries at practice on Wednesday, with one of the most notable injuries happening to starting left guard Eric Steinbach, who left early with a back injury. However, it’s not believed to be serious, which is good news. The Browns can’t afford to break up the excellent tandem of Steinbach and left tackle Joe Thomas. Those two have helped anchor an offensive line that is developing into one of the best in the league.
Steinbach has also missed practice time earlier in camp with a knee injury. He was not participating in the team’s PM walkthrough today, either.
Other injuries included hamstring injuries to safety T.J. Ward and running back Peyton Hillis, though those were also both downplayed as nothing serious. In fact, both players participated in the PM walkthrough.
But that’s not all. Here are some other players who were unable to practice on Wednesday: linebackers Scott Fujita (thigh) and Chris Gocong (stinger), tight end Ben Watson (hamstring), and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (leg).
While many of these injuries are not considered serious, it would be in the team’s best interest to make sure these guys are healthy when the games really start to count. The Browns don’t have the kind of depth that can overcome a rash of injuries that can doom a team’s season in one fell swoop.