OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 16: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by Sheldon Brown #24 of the Cleveland Browns in the first quarter of an NFL football game at O.co Coliseum on October 16, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown continues to nurse a shoulder injury after suiting up for just one play against the Bengals.
Although he suited up in Sunday's loss in order to keep his streak of consecutive games played alive, Cleveland Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown continues to nurse a shoulder injury and looks to be facing another uncertain timetable heading into Week 3.
Browns head coach Pat Shurmur spoke about his extremely thin secondary at Monday's press conference, but is still hopeful Brown will provide a bit more of an impact this week than he did against the Bengals.
"I’ve been with Sheldon a long time and I’m a big Sheldon Brown fan," Shurmur said. "I think his role will change here as it goes along.
"There’s a good chance you’ll see him in there more this week. He was banged up through the week and I don’t think that’s going to be an issue as we move forward."
Despite the optimism, Shurmur knows that his stable of defensive backs will have to play much better going forward with Joe Haden still forced to serve out his four-game performance enhancing substance suspension. The trio of Buster Skrine, Trevin Wade and Dimitri Patterson were largely ineffective on Sunday, and a guy like Shurmur is not above mixing things around in order to find a spark.
"I think with Joe out, we’re going to look at all options to make sure we play the right combination of guys," Shurmur said. "We’re going to look at playing, number one the guys that are healthy and give us the best chance to win."