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The Browns’ 13-12 loss to the Rams on Sunday can be classified only as a fluke.
The Browns have two of the NFL’s best special teams players in long snapper Ryan Pontbriand and kicker Phil Dawson. They’d combined for four field goals throughout the game. A 22-yard field goal to put the Browns ahead 15-13 with just over two minutes left should have been a chip shot.
Instead, Brown’ offensive lineman Alex Mack nicked Pontbriand’s snap, causing the ball to roll. That made Dawson hesitate and his kick sailed wide left. It was an odd ending for a team that couldn’t get the ball into the end zone all day.
Quarterback Colt McCoy had one of his better games, completing 20-of-27 passes for 218 yards. Running back Chris Ogbannaya had a solid second half, finishing the game with 90 yards on 19 carries. But it was the team’s inability to score a touchdown that doomed the Browns.
The loss drops the Browns to 3-6 while the Rams improve to 2-7.
The Rams went ahead in the game early in the fourth quarter. A fumble on a punt return by Josh Cribbs gave the Rams the ball near the red zone and Josh Brown field goal gave the Rams a 13-12 lead.
Kicker Phil Dawson continues to be the Browns’ only scoring option. He connected on a 27-yard field goal with a minute left in the third quarter to give the Browns a 12-10 lead.
The scoring drive was highlighted by a 32-yard run by Chris Ogbonnaya and a 22-yard, one-handed catch by Benjamin Watson. On the game, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy is 18-of-25 passing for 202 yards.
The Rams controlled the ball for much of the start of the third quarter with running back Steven Jackson. After three quarters, Jackson has 20 carries for 98 yards.
The Rams were driving down the field early in the quarter, but Browns linebacker Chris Gocong forced and recovered a Jackson fumble. Gocong is having a nice day, breaking up a pass earlier in the game.
The injuries continue to pile up for the Rams. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui injured his leg on a Joe Haden tackle on the last play of the quarter. The Rams, who have the ball going into the fourth quarter, have two turnovers on the game.
The Rams will be without starting left tackle Rodger Saffold for the remainder of the game after he suffered a head injury.
Initial reports were no more specific about the injury Saffold suffered early in the third quarter.
Early in the third quarter it looked like Rams quarterback Sam Bradford re-injured his ankle when Browns defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin landed on him following a run. Bradford missed just one play.
Finally, a Browns wide receiver got separation on a deep route as Colt McCoy completed a 52-yard strike to rookie Greg Little late in the second quarter. The pass set up an eventual 43-yard field goal for Phil Dawson. With the completion to Little, McCoy is having arguably his best half of the season.
On the previous drive the Rams connected on a 29-yard field goal by Josh Brown.
The Browns were able to narrow the lead to 7-6 on a drive that was started by a Scott Fujita interception. Phil Dawson connected on his second field goal of the day, this one for 32 yards. The drive, which started a midfield, at least had some excitement to it. The Browns successfully ran a trick play with Colt McCoy lining up at wide receiver, receiving a pitch and completing a pass to backup quarterback Seneca Wallace.
McCoy is 13-of-19 passing through two quarters for 152 yards. The Browns are behind largely due to their inability to run the ball. Starter Chris Ogbonnaya has 32 yards on nine carries. Little leads the Browns in receiving with four catches for 67 yards.
For the Rams, Sam Bradford has completed 8-of-15 passes for 96 yards a touchdown and an interception.
The Rams will receive the ball to start the third quarter.
On Cleveland's third possession of the game after both teams punted their first possessions, a 20 yard completion from Colt McCoy to Josh Cribbs set up the Browns offense to get into field goal range. After a handful of plays on which the Browns picked up some chunks of yards, the drive stalled out at the Rams 26 yard line and set up a Phil Dawson 44 yard field goal, which he put through the uprights.
The Rams took the ensuing drive into Cleveland territory on 11 plays and will have a red zone opportunity from the Browns' 12 yard line when the second quarter begins (second-and-eight).
Colt McCoy was 5-of-6 for 39 yards in the first quarter. Sam Bradford was 5-of-8 for 67 yards. While the Browns running game has been non-existent (Chris Ogbonnaya has just 13 yards on five carries), Rams running back Steven Jackson has 30 yards on six carries.
The St. Louis Rams arrive in Cleveland to take on the Browns in pretty good shape considering it is week ten of the NFL season. While the Browns running game remains hampered by the absence of Peyton Hillis, the Rams largest injury concern will be missing rookie tight end, Lance Kendricks according to the inactive list released by the team.
Kendricks has been ruled out for the Rams with a foot injury, leaving quarterback Sam Bradford with one less option for the game in Cleveland. Bradford was questionable much of the week but improved throughout the week and is expected to start on Sunday.
Joining Kendricks on the inactive list is wide receiver Danario Alexander, but with Mark Clayton expected back in the mix, Bradford will have a familiar target to look for in the passing game.
Here is the full list of inactive players for the Rams:
WR Danario Alexander, TE Lance Kendricks, CB Rod Hood, RB Jerious Norwood, T Jason Smith, LB Josh Hull, LB Bryan Kehl.
The Cleveland Browns released their inactive list for their week ten game today against the St. Louis Rams. As expected, the running game will remain a struggle without the services of Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty. Chris Ogbonnaya will get the start in the backfield for the Browns according to the latest information from the team announcing the inactive list.
Also, with wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi inactive, Josh Cribbs will start for the Browns at wide receiver. With the Browns offense struggling to find a rhythm, Cribbs may be a key player to spark some production. Whether through the air on on the ground, Colt McCoy needs to get the ball in the hands of the speedy Cribbs to make something happen.
Here is the full list of inactive players:
#Browns inactives vs. Rams: QB Thaddeus Lewis, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, CB Dimitri Patterson, RB Montario Hardesty, RB Peyton Hillis, S T.J. Ward and C Steve Vallos. Cribbs to start at WR, Ogbonnaya at RB.
The Cleveland Browns are looking to rebound following two straight losses to San Francisco and Houston when they play host to the St. Louis Rams. Sitting with just one win on the season, the Browns are considered favorites to snap their losing streak and get back to their winning ways to gain ground in the ultra-competitive AFC North division. Cleveland is going through a tough season in regards to injuries and, really, all kinds of controversy.
For the Rams, they're coming off a demoralizing loss to the Arizona Cardinals in which they had two safeties and generally outplayed them by a good margin throughout. St. Louis is at the bottom of the NFC West division and looking more and more like they're not in contention. A win for them would likely keep head coach Steve Spagnuolo safe from any discussion about losing his job.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 13; 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
TV Schedule: FOX (TV Distribution Maps)
TV Announcers: Ron Pitts, Jim Mora Jr.
Radio Coverage: 101 ESPN (Rams), WMMS/WTAM-100.7
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It has already been noted that Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward would likely be out this Sunday vs. the St. Louis Rams (and he won't play). The question now is how much time Ward will miss as a result of the foot injury that will keep him out on Sunday.
Ward, officially listed as doubtful for Sunday but won't play, will have his cast removed on Monday and then have the foot re-examined. The Browns will then have a better idea how long he'll be out. But the injury is not believed to be a Lisfranc midfoot fracture, which could land Ward on injured reserve. The Browns hope it's a sprain that he can recover from in time to make an impact this season.
The Browns will already be without RB Montario Hardesty (calf), RB Peyton Hillis (hamstring), and WR Mohamed Massaquoi (head).
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The St. Louis Rams will play the Cleveland Browns this weekend. It would seem that Cleveland is the under dog just by looking at the injury -- top running backs Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty are out due to injury -- but Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has been listed as questionable to almost even the odds.
It seems however, at least as of Friday, that Bradford will start.
St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford increased his workload in practice today. Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo said after practice that Bradford did most of the work with the first team today, a bigger workload than he had last week prior to making the start against Arizona. He was still limited in his scope of work as the Rams intentionally try to keep the wear and tear off ahead of Sunday's game, when he is expected to start.
The other major injury is tight end Lance Kendricks being out with a foot injury as the rookie seemed like he would be a large part of the team's offense this preseason.
The full injury report is included below.
|Ah You, C.J.||DE||calf||LP||LP||FP||Probable|
The Cleveland Browns are already shorthanded as they prepare to host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday afternoon. Friday they got even worse news as safety T.J. Ward missed practice and was ruled as likely out for Sunday's game according to Yahoo Sports:
Ward sustained an unspecified foot injury last week in Houston and was placed in a cast. He has not been seen at the team's training facility all week. Usama Young(notes) will likely fill in for Ward. Young was practising with the first-team defense on Friday after sitting out the past two days with a hip injury.
Ward has been solid for the Browns with 39 tackles and a sack in eight games this season. He has also forced a fumble. Last season he picked off two passes and had 123 tackles as he was able to play in all 16 games. He had a season high eight tackles in week six at Oakland.
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After not participating in practice yesterday several Cleveland Browns players are still listed as highly questionable for Sunday's game against the St. Louis Rams. Phil Dawson missed practice again yesterday due to Illness, and both Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty are unlikely to play according to the team's official injury report:
Dawson, Phil K Illness - DNP - - English, Auston DL Knee DNP DNP - - Hardesty, Montario RB Calf DNP DNP - - Hillis, Peyton RB Hamstring DNP DNP -
Several players for the visiting Rams are also questionable for Sunday's game. Quarterback Sam Bradford is among the most notable injuries for the Rams, as he is battling an ankle injury that has limited him in practice this week. Running back Jerious Norwood has been out in practice, while Steven Jackson has been limited as well. Jackson's status for the game is the biggest factor for the Rams, as he is the central part of their offense.
The St. Louis Rams are preparing to play the Cleveland Browns, a team that is dealing with a multitude of injuries, this weekend. The Rams aren't quite as unlucky, however, at least according to Thursday's injury report.
The biggest name on the injury report is quarterback Sam Bradford as he was limited for a second straight day due to an ankle injury. He did more in practice than Wednesday, however, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Coach Steve Spagnuolo declared Bradford's performance "pretty good. Got more reps today than he did yesterday and certainly more than he had last Thrusday. And yet, we try not to give them all to him because the more you put on him, then you're going backwards a little bit. I think he's progressing pretty good. He's a tough guy."
The rest of the Rams injury report on Thursday remained essentially the same, as shown below.
|Ah You, C.J.||DE||calf||LP||LP||-||-|
The Cleveland Browns have plenty of injuries to deal with this week as they prepare for Steven Jackson and the St. Louis Rams. They didn't get any good news on that front in Thursday's injury report, however, as the only change from Wednesday was the status of kicker Phil Dawson.
Dawson was added to the injury report due to illness, though -- an ilness that shouldn't affect his playing this weekend.
"He won't kick today," Browns coach Pat Shurmur told the media on Thursday. "We don't feel that will have any effect on Sunday."
He attempted to come back last Sunday in Houston, but was forced out of the game after feeling "woozy." Now, it appears he will miss the Rams game.
"He still wasn't feeling right," Shurmur said.
The remaining injury report is listed below.
|Maynard, Brad||P||Left Thigh||FP||FP||-||-|
|Ward, T. J.||DB||Foot/Finger||DNP||DNP||-||-|
On Wednesday, a number of Cleveland Browns players were missing or limited in practice, while some were considered unlikely to play on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams, joining the ranks of running backs Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty, who have already been declared out. On Thursday, head coach Pat Shurmur told the media that T.J. Ward, who didn't participated in practice on Thursday, would likely be out on Sunday, according to Tony Grossi:
#Browns T.J. Ward (foot) still in cast. "There's a good chance he'll be out." -- Pat Shurmur.
Also from Grossi is the fact that wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was sent home from practice yet again with lingering effects from a concussion. Massaquoi suffered the concussion against the Seattle Seahawks and missed the game against the San Francisco 49ers, but was active against the Houston Texans. He left that game in the third period feeling woozy, and has yet to practice since then.
Lastly, kicker Phil Dawson missed practice with a migraine, but he's expected to play on Sunday against the Rams.
The St. Louis Rams will face SB Nation Cleveland's own Cleveland Browns this weekend. The Rams don't quite have the injury problems that Cleveland has with Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty already ruled out, but a few skill players are on the mend.
The Rams issued their first injury report of the week on Wednesday with receiving options Danario Alexander and Lance Kendricks both missing practice. Alexander is still nursing a hamstring injury while Kendricks, the rookie tight end, is recovering from a foot injury.
The biggest name on the injury report, though, is quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford was limited, meaning he should be able to go on Sunday, but a report from the Associated Press indicates he won't be completely healthy.
The good news for Bradford is there were no setbacks from the Cardinals loss. He's still wearing a brace but said his ankle "definitely" feels better than last week at this time, and ditched the walking boot the day after the game. Barring further injury, he expects the ankle to be healed in two or three weeks.
A full rundown of the Rams injury report is included on the team's website.
The Cleveland Browns injury report probably won't be all that revealing this week as the two most important players -- Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty -- were already ruled out on Monday. That said, there are unfortunately plenty of other players injured going into this weekend's game against the St. Louis Rams.
Aside from Hillis and Hardesty, there were five other players that were unable to participate in Wednesday's practice. Mohamed Massaquoi, still recovering from a concussion, was out along with Auston English and defensive backs Dimitri Patterson, T.J. Ward and Usama Young.
A full list of the Browns' injury report is included below.
|Maynard, Brad||P||Left Thigh||FP||-||-||-|
|Ward, T. J.||DB||Foot/Finger||DNP||-||-||-|
The very stellar Cleveland Browns pass defense could be in for a rough ride if some of the injuries noted during Wednesday's practice hold up. According to reports, the Browns have injured to three players in the secondary, on top of the offensive injuries we already know about. For one, safety T.J. Ward has his foot in a cast, after suffering an injury on Sunday against the Houston Texans in which he heard something "pop." There's no official status update for Ward just yet.
Fellow safety Usama Young and cornerback Dimitri Patterson are not practicing on Wednesday, either. Head coach Pat Shurmur also has no status update on Young, but Patterson will supposedly be good to go. According to Tony Grossi, Shurmur said that rookie Eric Hagg is a possibility to play.
On top of that, wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was sent him once again from practice. Massaquoi was cleared to play in Sunday's game against the Texans following a concussion, but left the game feeling woozy, and Shurmur has said that he's very strict with concussions. So he didn't practice on Wednesday, either - joining running backs Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty, who have already been ruled out for Sunday.
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