The Cleveland Browns take on the St. Louis Rams in the unveiling of all the upgrades to First Energy Stadium. The Browns Injury Report, that has come out via a number of reports on Twitter, is concerning. According to reports the Browns will be missing a number of key defenders as well as a couple of offensive players that are fighting to try to make the team.
On defense the Browns will be missing star Joe Haden, Pierre Desir, Buster Skrine, Isaiah Trufant, K’Waun Williams and T.J. Heath out of their backfield. Also on defense missing will be Desmond Bryant, Darius Eubanks, Eric Martin and Keith Pough.
On offense the Browns will be without Nate Burleson for the third straight pre-season game, as well as Edwin Baker, Michael Bowie, Randall Harris, Jonathan Krause and Martell Webb from the offensive side of the ball.
The amount of injuries in the defensive backfield, including 4 of the Browns top 5 defensive backs could greatly impact the passing defense. The Rams’ Sam Bradford should have the ability to pick his receiver. If the Browns are able to have any success in that part of the defense it will most likely be due to a great pass rush from the front 7. Rookie Justin Gilbert will have a ton of responsibility with the variety of receivers the Rams can deploy, including speedster Tavon Austin. Leon McFadden, fighting for a roster spot, and safety Jordan Poyer will be heavily used by the Browns.
For Burleson and Baker this could be a problem in their own fight for the roster. Burleson was being counted on to be a big help in the receiving game as a trusted veteran along with Miles Austin. Baker was assumed to have the edge over Dion Lewis for a backup running back spot, but Lewis has been given more time in the Pre-Season and can solidify his spot tonight. Of the other injuries Krause’s hinders his fight amongst the other various receiving options the Browns have brought in with very little experience.
Any injuries concern you for the season?