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.