The Cleveland Browns have only eight offensive linemen on their 53-man roster, and two of those are injured leaving the team with potentially just six o-linemen healthy for Sunday's opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
That would be five starters and one reserve.
Oneil Cousins (ankle) and John Greco (calf) missed Thursday's practice, but coach Pat Shurmur made sure the media knew that there is still time for those players to return from injury.
Shurmur has both Cousins and Greco as game-day decisions. The Browns so have two offensive linemen on the practice squad but could look to sign a veteran.
The Browns' starters on the line figure to be Joe Thomas, Jason Pinkston, Alex Mack, Shawn Lauvao and Mitchell Schwartz.
Also on Thursday, team president Mike Holmgren offered his condolences on the passing of former Browns owner Art Modell.
Holmgren told the Akron Beacon-Journal that Modell wanted him to come to Baltimore to interview for the head coaching job there in 1999. Holmgren never made it to Baltimore; he went to Seattle first and the offer from the Seahawks was too good for him to pass up. Holmgren was the Seahawks coach from 1999 until the end of the 2008 season.
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