CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 19: Jerome Harrison #36 of the Detroit Lions rushes for a first down against Raymond Ventrone #41 of the Cleveland Browns during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 19, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Tigers defeated the Browns 30-28. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland will face the Detroit Lions on Friday night in the first NFL preseason game for both teams in 2012.
For the first game of the preseason, the Cleveland Browns will be more concerned with keeping everyone healthy than they will be with winning. The first team isn't likely to see a whole lot of time, especially considering they'll be missing first round pick Trent Richardson due to a knee surgery. He'll be out for the entire preseason, eye a return date of Week One of the season proper.
Brandon Weeden will get his first look at an NFL team on Friday, if only for a couple of series. Past that, it's going to be second, third and fourth team action all the way as the two teams try to scout out how their new players and youth will react against NFL competition.
Ford Field is expected to be sold out for the first preseason game of 2012 for both the Lions and the Browns.
Game Date/Time: Friday, August 10, 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Ford Field, Detroit
TV Schedule: NFL Red Zone
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