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The Cleveland Browns are banged up and headed into a matchup against a well-rested San Diego Chargers team in Week 8.
The Cleveland Browns are limping into Week 8, while the San Diego Chargers are coming off a Bye and are thus well-rested. It's a difficult combination of factors that will make the task tough for Cleveland. The Browns listed 23 players on their injury report from Wednesday, while the Chargers only named two players on their report.
For the Browns, the most disturbing news is that defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (calf) did not participate in practice on Wednesday after aggravating his injury in Week 7 against the Colts. Meanwhile, fellow DT Phil Taylor returned to practice, but head coach Pat Shurmur said there is "very little" chance Taylor will play on Sunday.
The Chargers haven't started the season as well as they had hoped, but it has little to do with injuries. San Diego is coming off a Bye, and the only two players listed on the injury report from Wednesday are offensive tackles Jared Gaither (groin) and cornerback Shareece Wright (foot) -- both of whom engaged fully during practice.
The Browns host the Chargers on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS).