As if the Cleveland Browns secondary needed to face more adversity, the injury bug has hit the unit. Already dealing with the loss of cornerback Joe Haden (due to his four-game suspension, which ends after this Sunday), the Browns are also wondering if they will have to play the New York Giants without safety T.J. Ward.
Ward broke his right thumb in Thursday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens, and is now recovering from the surgery to repair it. He hasn’t been ruled out for Sunday’s game just yet, which is encouraging, but it wouldn’t come as a surprise at all to find out that Ward needs a week off to heal.
But that’s not all; safeties Usama Young and Tashaun Gipson are dealing with knee injuries as well. That means the Browns could be relying on guys like Ray Ventrone (dealing with a thumb injury of his own) and Eric Hagg which, against the Giants’ crop of receivers, is not ideal.
As of right now, the Browns’ secondary is in complete disarray. But hey, they’re only playing the defending Super Bowl champions, coming off a disappointing showing of their own. What could go wrong?