Buster Skrine undergoes thumb surgery


One of the Browns’ key cornerbacks is on the mend.

According to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, Browns corner Buster Skrine is expected to be ready for the Sept. 7 regular season opener at Pittsburgh after having surgery on his thumb.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the club calls Skrine “week to week” after the procedure.

The 25-year-old Skrine started 15-of-16 games for Cleveland in 2013, defending 18 passes, recording one interception and notching 65 tackles. He is listed as the starting right cornerback on the club’s depth chart, with first-round pick Justin Gilbert the top backup behind Skrine.

The Browns play three preseason games in 10 days, with Monday night’s matchup at Washington the first in the sequence.