With the injury to right tackle Tony Pashos, the Cleveland Browns have been forced to work a rotation of Oniel Cousins and Artis Hicks. In Sunday’s season opener, Cousins was the starter, but the two linemen split snaps throughout the course of the game. Needless to say, the rotation did not go particularly well, as quarterback Colt McCoy was often running for his life.
The inability of the right side of the offensive line to contain the Bengals defense was noticeable, and that could be further exposed against the Colts, but there is not much that can be done about it. For now, the Browns plan to continue the rotation at right tackle and will hope that someone establishes himself as the starter.
The offensive line was expected to be a position of depth for the Browns in 2011, but a season-ending back injury to left guard Eric Steinbach and Pashos’ foot injury has shaken the unit’s stability. It will have to find a way to protect McCoy, though, or it will be a long season in Cleveland.