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Browns will be without Massaquoi Thursday night

Mohamed Massaquoi, Stephon Gilmore AP

The Browns will have to try to keep pace with one of the league’s most smoothly running offenses without one of their most consistent offensive players.

Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi has been ruled out of Thursday’s game at Baltimore because of a hamstring strain suffered last week, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Even though he missed nearly a half of last week’s loss to the Bills, Massaquoi remains the Browns leader with 145 receiving yards, throwing a crimp in rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden’s plans.

“[Massaquoi's] a guy that’s been consistent all year,” Weeden said. “He’s made a lot of great plays. He’s made plays not only in the run game, I mean blocking, all those things. He’s a guy I have a lot of confidence in. I’m hoping comes back sooner rather than later. He’s gonna be missed, but I think just consistency.

“He’s a guy that doesn’t make a bunch of mistakes and [he's] a competitor, a great teammate and kind of a leader for the rest of the receivers.”

In his absence, Jordan Norwood will be active, but expect a bigger role for rookie Travis Benjamin, who leads the Browns in yards per reception (18.7).

Also, tight end Alex Smith will miss his second straight game with a concussion, and linebacker James-Michael Johnson (ribs/oblique) has been ruled out.

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14 Responses to “Browns will be without Massaquoi Thursday night”
  1. kane337 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:52 PM

    Oh No! There goes their chances.

  2. berniesboys says: Sep 26, 2012 3:53 PM

    Call me crazy, but unfortunately Weeden is right. MM is the best receiver the Browns have right now.

  3. randallflagg52 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:58 PM

    Somehow I don’t think this will have any effect on the outcome. I’m also willing to bet it won’t have an effect on the score.

  4. smokingconch says: Sep 26, 2012 4:10 PM

    Courtesy of this matchup, my Thursday Night boycott until the Ref situation is fixed is starting out pretty easy.

  5. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 26, 2012 4:11 PM

    Upset in the making. Raven’s left it all on the field Sunday, and Ray & Joe are still talking about the refs instead of game planning. And Harbaugh’s a bad coach to begin with, even without those distractions.

  6. jrock3x8 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:15 PM

    The Brown will win on Thursday and the world will end.

  7. bigfranky75 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:19 PM

    as if it matters, LOL….

  8. rockthered1286 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:27 PM

    crownofthehelmet says:
    Sep 26, 2012 4:11 PM
    Upset in the making. Raven’s left it all on the field Sunday, and Ray & Joe are still talking about the refs instead of game planning. And Harbaugh’s a bad coach to begin with, even without those distractions.
    _________________________
    So many things wrong with this…
    #1- Ravens did not leave it all on the field. In fact, their D left it all on the sideline.
    #2- Nobody is talking about refs anymore. Don’t know where you got that from.
    #3- Harbs, who has taken this team to the playoffs every year of his HC career is a bad coach? About that…
    #4-No distractions for this team. They went out and beat up a solid NE defense and the refs at the same time. Over and onto week 4.

    Meanwhile, Cleveland has lost 2 offensive weapons, sports a rookie QB with 3 total games (and 3 L’s) under his belt, and a defense with some major holes that were exploited by Cincy 2 weeks ago. I don’t think the Ravens are underestimating the Browns, but I think everyone knows exactly who this team is.

  9. ravenator says: Sep 26, 2012 4:30 PM

    Keep on hating ravens will keep on winning

  10. EJ says: Sep 26, 2012 4:59 PM

    Its time for the Browns first round Running Back to show the Ravens why he was drafted in the top 10. If the Browns can get the running game going, It will take a ton of pressure off of Brandon Weeden, which needs to be done in order for him to be somewhat successful. Trent Richardson was stuffed by the Buffalo Bills front 4, but should have an easier day against the Ravens run defense. I was personally worried last week that Richardson was going to run all over the Bills, especially since he has one of if not the best Offensive lines in the NFL today. Either T.R. had an off day, or the Bills run D is that good. The Browns better hope they can get more out of him than he has shown them so far this season.

  11. vasteelerfan says: Sep 26, 2012 5:29 PM

    Go ravens champs of the regular season, but you just can’t finish can you ravenator and mr Flagg at half staff.

  12. randallflagg52 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:07 PM

    vasteelerfan says:
    Sep 26, 2012 5:29 PM
    Go ravens champs of the regular season, but you just can’t finish can you ravenator and mr Flagg at half staff.

    ===================================

    Bro, your team just lost to the Raiders. Shouldn’t you still be in your mom’s basement crying over your Roethlisberger fathead?

  13. rockthered1286 says: Sep 26, 2012 9:09 PM

    Always a steelers troll showing up on these posts…

    Do us all a favor and worry about your 1-2 record with losses to 1-2 teams.

  14. td40 says: Sep 27, 2012 4:58 PM

    As a Browns fan, I can assure you that no one will notice Mo Mass is even missing. The guy makes one to two decent catches every other game- when he’s not out with a concussion sustained by opening a bag of chips or something.

    To be honest with you, if this mean that we see more of either Travis Benjamin or Jordan Norwood, it will probably give the Browns a *better* chance to win or at least compete in tonight’s game.

    Mo Mass has skills, but he seems ridiculously delicate and he doesn’t seem fast enough to get much separation from DBs. Benjamin or Norwood are likely to be an improvement.

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