This post, as the title implies, is about all of the Browns players who are hurt. The list of players that were out for our week 3 matchup with the Ravens was 4 outs, 1 doubtful, 5 questionables, and 9 probables. And according to cbssports.com, the Browns have 6 players who will likely be out week 4, that list includes, Marcus Benard, Jake Delhomme, Jerome Harrison, Carlton Mitchell, Brian Robiskie, and Shaun Rogers. And of course the players on the IR, Kaluka Maiava, D’Qwell Jackson, Dave Zastudil, Titus Adams, Chris Roberson, Greg Estandia, Montario Hardesty, and Johnathan Haggerty. That is 8 players that are out for the season.
The Browns team just can not seem to stay healthy, many players played last week supposedly banged up, including such key guys as Matt Roth, Joe Thomas, Lawrence Vickers and Josh Cribbs. With all of the injuries the Browns have sustained backups like Seneca Wallace have been forced into the starting lineup. Wallace has started 2 games for the Browns this year, after only playing 49 games in his 7 years in the NFL, some of which he played at wide receiver.
However, the injuries have lead to the revelation that is: Peyton Hillis. Who through 3 games has 3 TD’s and 220 rushing yards. He also leads the team in Receptions with 14. Through 3 games he may have made a case to be the feature back for the Cleveland Browns, (a writer at this blog who isn’t me and shall remain nameless believes he is now the starter, even if Harrison is healthy).
The big issue for the Browns with all of these injuries, is that, already with a tough season schedule and a struggling team so far, the team will be primarily made up of backups and midseason pickups. Some midseason FA signings aren’t a looming threat but with all of the injuries to the offensive line (Thomas, St. Clair, Lauvao and Womack all with some degree of injury) it is a very real possibility. The other big fear is a loss of veteran leadership with guys like Eric Barton, Shaun Rogers and Robaire Smith all out on the defense and guys like Dave Zastudil missing who is a leader on the special teams. Despite the 0-3 start the Browns being short staffed on all sides of the ball hasn’t been glaringly obvious, and hasn’t seemed all that detrimental to the teams overall performance.