Updated at 2:25 PMBrowns Injury Report: Updates from Friday Practice
Update at 2:25 PM: Looks like all 3 players will struggle to get on the field Sunday:
The Cleveland Browns have had a relatively healthy off-season with only minimal injuries that would impact more than a game or two in the season. Knock on wood. Two big injury concerns are on the defensive side of the ball with both Buster Skrine and Desmond Bryant under going surgeries during the pre-season. Skrine is set to start and be a full go. Bryant on the other hand is questionable for the game on Sunday and is on a bike today along with a few other Browns Injury Report issues:
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Having 2 defensive lineman, Bryant and John Hughes, emphasizes how important the defenses depth is. Bryant is expected to share starting duties with the other Bryant, Armonty Bryant, while Hughes is a backup to the other end position along with Billy Winn.
Against the Steelers keeping defensive linemen fresh will be huge. Whether it is in the run game, chasing receivers and backs in the screen game or running around after Ben Roethlisberger the line could get tired out easily. If both Bryant and Hughes are unable to go on Sunday expect to see a good does of Paul Kruger, Barkevious Mingo and Jabaal Sheard with their hand in the dirt as well as at linebacker. HC Mike Pettine is big on using his best players in anyway they can help.
McQuistan’s injury is a concern only if there is an injury during the game on the offensive line. Ankle injuries on the offensive line are always a concern. They are bigger concerns in the Zone Blocking Scheme that requires linemen to get out in front on many plays. The Browns have added a bunch of different offensive linemen this off-season which should help. McQuistan hasn’t looked great but the Browns like his experience earned with the Seahawks during last season’s Super Bowl season.
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