Wide receiver Josh Gordon is back in the lineup for the Browns, but the team is going to be without a couple of linebackers for the near future.
Coach Mike Pettine offered injury updates on both Karlos Dansby and Jabaal Sheard on Monday and there wasn’t much good news about either player.
Dansby injured his knee in the loss to the Texans and Pettine said that he will miss “upwards of a month” while he recovers. There’s not much more than a week left in the regular season, so Dansby could wind up being done for the year.
“It’s a shame. Intensity, energy, leadership. That’s all part of it,” Pettine said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Sheard probably is done for the year after a bone injury to his foot, which may require surgery although Pettine didn’t elaborate on the specifics of the injury. It will be tough for the Browns to avoid repeats of Sunday’s 213 rushing yards allowed in the coming weeks with Dansby and Sheard joining defensive linemen Phil Taylor and Armonty Bryant on the sideline, which makes it a shame that Gordon can’t help in that area.