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Dimitri Patterson Injury Timetable Still Unknown, Trevin Wade Seizes Opportunity

With star cornerback Joe Haden facing a potential four-game suspension, the last thing the Cleveland Browns needed was an injury to one of its top remaining cornerbacks. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened in the team's first preseason game of the season this past Friday night. Dimitri Patterson, who was likely to replace Haden in the starting lineup, injured his ankle in the game against the Detroit Lions, and the Browns have yet to reveal how much time he may miss.

So, who is next in line? Well, it may be 2012 seventh round pick Trevin Wade, who has impressed in camp so far and may have a chance to pounce on this opportunity. Here is what head coach Pat Shurmur had to say about Wade's play vs. the Lions:

"I thought he did a good job," Shurmur said. "They tried a double move on him. He was right there. They tried to throw a deep ball on him. He was right there. From what I could tell, he played pretty well. Then when I went back and watched the game in detail, it held up that way. He's making good progress. He has a very, very good feel from the game, and I think it showed up the other night."


Wade will have yet another chance to impress when Cleveland's preseason continues on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers.

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