Any hope of seeing either running back Peyton Hillis or safety T.J. Ward on the field Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars have quickly been squashed, as both players have been ruled out for the game.
Hillis is still nursing a hamstring injury, while Ward is dealing with a foot injury. Head coach Pat Shurmur said on Monday that he hopes to see both players return this season, meaning neither will be put on injured reserve (for now).
Hillis and Ward are two of the Browns’ best playmakers on offense and defense, respectively, and it’s obviously a blow to have them both out for a long period of time. This isn’t even mentioning wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, who is still recovering from another concussion. Needless to say, the Browns are certainly depleted.
Browns fans are understandably frustrated, but they must put a season like this in perspective. This team’s biggest problem going into the season was depth and they have been hit with a number of injuries to key players. Despite that, the Browns remain competitive. Everyone needs to keep that in mind when the exceptionally difficult part of the schedule begins to rear its ugly head.