The Cleveland Browns secondary continues to get hit with injuries, as safety T.J. Ward is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a foot injury. Ward is one of the most physical players on the Browns defense, so this is no doubt a huge blow to a team that will soon be entering the most difficult part of its schedule.
There was some good news on Friday, though, as free safety Usama Young returned to practice after sustaining a hip injury. The Browns are hopeful that he can play Sunday, as his services will very much be needed.
With this rash of injuries, many young players are getting a chance to make an impact. With cornerback Dimitri Patterson still out with a knee injury, rookies Buster Skrine and Eric Hagg will likely be seeing a lot of the field on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
After accounting for these recent injuries, the Browns’ current secondary looks something like this: cornerbacks Joe Haden and Sheldon Brown, safeties Usama Young and Mike Adams, and Skrine and Hagg taking over the duties at nickelback.