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Browns down at least six starters for dress rehearsal

Peyton Hillis AP

This week’s preseason games will easily be the most interesting of the month.

Starters will play into the third quarter, and there may even be a little gameplanning involved.  The Browns won’t have the luxury, however, of seeing their real starters in the lineup.

The Cleveland Plain-Dealer notes that “at least” six starters will miss the game.  (Receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, guard Eric Steinbach, running back Brandon Jackson, safeties T.J. Ward and Usama Young and linebacker Chris Gocong.)

Josh Cribbs, Peyton Hillis, and Evan Moore could also be limited or out of the game.  Massaquoi has been out so long, we’re not sure he has time to get his starting job back.

One bright spot for the Browns: second year running back Montario Hardesty will take snaps Thursday night for the first time since tearing his ACL last August. That’s good because Jackson is out indefinitely with a toe injury.

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22 Responses to “Browns down at least six starters for dress rehearsal”
  1. TheDPR says: Aug 25, 2011 12:31 PM

    How is Brandon Jackson considered a starter on that team? Hillis is the starter at RB. Jackson’s a third down back.

  2. ammarradhi says: Aug 25, 2011 12:36 PM

    Is Peyton Hillis already being affected by the Madden curse?

  3. alaricsrevenge says: Aug 25, 2011 12:55 PM

    And it’s raining all day here in Philly, a nice muddy field for a preseason game. Just hope everyone comes out of this OK.

  4. lionsfanatic84 says: Aug 25, 2011 12:59 PM

    Rosenthall is using the term “real starters” loosely

  5. janvanflac says: Aug 25, 2011 1:19 PM

    “a nice muddy field for a preseason game. ”

    I think they use Field Turf at the Linc, no?

  6. ernestbynershands says: Aug 25, 2011 2:25 PM

    Nice that the Browns are still relevant this late in the season.
    Even if they use FieldTurf in Philly, it still could get muddy. It’s Philly.
    Madden Curse…no, it’s the Curse of Cleveland.

  7. feartheelf19 says: Aug 25, 2011 2:41 PM

    They do not have field turf first off.
    Second, they are preserving Hillis and the other starters for the season and not making bad decisions like other teams.

    And the Browns will stay relevant all season

  8. Deb says: Aug 25, 2011 3:37 PM

    Now this is going to be an interesting preseason game, though I’m sorry to hear the Browns will be missing some starters. After their first team’s embarrassing performance against the Steelers, it will be telling to see how the Eagles rebound. And the Browns are a better team than people realize, which they could prove with a strong performance here. Should be a good show.

  9. blahblahblah333 says: Aug 25, 2011 3:50 PM

    How much harder can it be for the Browns to be better? They will win the first game against the Bengals…most good high school teams could beat the Bengals this year, and all their fans will be screaming, “deep playoff run!” “Super Bowl!” Then when they finish 6-10, we will hear the same old crap, “wait untill next year.” Pre season means NOTHING brownie fans.

  10. ytownie says: Aug 25, 2011 3:55 PM

    Hey Eagles, with all those starters out take it easy on young Colt. He is after all just a poor ol country boy 3rd rounder. Go Browns! Fly under the radar until the games really count.

  11. lionsfanatic84 says: Aug 25, 2011 4:12 PM

    suh took it easy on colt…..your welcome

  12. football58 says: Aug 25, 2011 4:37 PM

    Better get used to Fumbillis being injured!

  13. kosarsmyidol says: Aug 25, 2011 4:40 PM

    lionsfanatic84 says: Aug 25, 2011 4:12 PM

    “suh took it easy on colt…..your welcome”

    Suh was a non-factor, surprisingly. However, McCoy was still hit way too many times, which I hope doesn’t happen during the regular season. Between the Packers, Lions and Eagles, the Browns are fortunate to be playing so many good teams in the preseason, which should help make up for some of the time lost due to the lockout.

  14. trickbunny says: Aug 25, 2011 4:41 PM

    blahblahblah333 says:
    Aug 25, 2011 3:50 PM

    How much harder can it be for the Browns to be better? They will win the first game against the Bengals…most good high school teams could beat the Bengals this year, and all their fans will be screaming, “deep playoff run!” “Super Bowl!” Then when they finish 6-10, we will hear the same old crap, “wait untill next year.” Pre season means NOTHING brownie fans.
    —————————————————–

    I’ve never seen a more appropriate username.

  15. tdk24 says: Aug 25, 2011 4:45 PM

    If i had to wear those uniforms, i wouldn’t suit up either. Why don’t they spend a little money and at least put an emblem on the sides of their helmets. Maybe a big turd or something similar.

  16. Deb says: Aug 25, 2011 5:39 PM

    lionsfanatic84 says:

    suh took it easy on colt…..your welcome

    ————————————————-

    You mean he didn’t try to rip off Colt’s helmet with his head still in it, then throw him to the ground after the whistle? Gee, that was swell of him :roll:

    I love smashmouth football, but it’s nice when some technique is involved. Suh is a great player, and I’m looking forward to seeing what your defense does this season. But you don’t tackle a guy by just running up and jerking on his helmet. I can admit my Steelers’ Ramon Foster threw a dirty hit on the Eagles’ Jamar Chaney. Too bad you Lions fanatics can’t take off your blinders.

  17. Deb says: Aug 25, 2011 5:43 PM

    @tdk24 …

    The Browns won eight NFL championships without any cutsie emblems on their helmets.

  18. tdk24 says: Aug 25, 2011 6:33 PM

    “Deb says:
    Aug 25, 2011 5:43 PM
    @tdk24 …

    The Browns won eight NFL championships without any cutsie emblems on their helmets.”

    Wow, that’s impressive, except that it was 50 some odd years ago when there were about 8 teams in the league. Since we play for that trophy they hand out in the Super Bowl, they haven’t done so well. Time for a change. Oh, i’m sorry, they did change, they got a bird on their helmet and are called the Ravens now. So what you really mean is that the Ravens have 8 nfl titles and 1 super bowl win. The Browns….zip. Add the turd.

  19. marjax says: Aug 25, 2011 6:52 PM

    tdk, your ignorance known no bounds. Keep spouting off like you know what you’re talking about. You might convince some of the other idiots that you can actually formulate a coherent thought.

    As to the article, the good news for Massaquoi is starting in this offense won’t be a big deal. It’s not like we’ve got a lot of talent at WR position and people are showing big things. I’d expect them to use a good mix of receivers and TEs in formations to give lots of options. Hopefully he can get healthy and contribute, but I wouldn’t worry too much about who’s technically starting games

  20. Deb says: Aug 25, 2011 8:47 PM

    @tdk24 …

    Oh please tell me you’re not a Steelers fan. I hate it when our fans embarrass us. What happened to the Browns was criminal, but at least their records stayed with the city. The Browns have won eight NFL championships that have nothing to do with the Ravens.

    It may be difficult to wrap your brain around, but it is entirely possible that our Steelers will never win another Super Bowl. In that event, I guarantee 50 years from now–when you’re 58–some jerk will be telling you those six Lombardis don’t mean squat, and you’ll be busting a gut telling him how ignorant he is. And you’ll be right. A championship means you were the best of the best when it counted most. The passage of time doesn’t change that.

  21. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 26, 2011 1:37 AM

    @ Deb

    Thank you. Anyone who attacks Browns fans is probably a sadist. Seriously.

    @tdk24, Do you tap dance in front of crippled children to? The Browns won’t ever have a logo on their helmet because they have tradition. Unlike the Ratbirds who have flintstone numbers on their purple fruity jerseys. The Browns are young, but on the rise. McCoy is developing nicely, Hillis is an absolute stud. Holmgren is a winner. He did it in GB, and he got Seattle to a superbowl.

    Go Browns!!!

  22. tdk24 says: Aug 26, 2011 10:24 AM

    yes, and yes.

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