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.
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.”
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.