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Browns battered after victory over Lions

Published: Mon, August 13, 2012 @ 12:04 a.m.


Cleveland Browns nose tackle Scott Paxson (69) holds his knee after a play during the first half of a preseason game against the Lions in Detroit.

Associated Press


The Cleveland Browns’ preseason-opening win in Detroit came at a significant cost.

Wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin, linebacker Scott Fujita, cornerback Dimitri Patterson, tight end Jordan Cameron and defensive tackle Scott Paxson did not practice Sunday as the Browns (No. 30 in the AP Pro32) resumed their training camp schedule.

All six were injured Friday during Cleveland’s 19-17 victory, and all are either starters or second-teamers on the depth chart.

“It’s hard to tell when they’ll be back,” coach Pat Shurmur said, declining to offer specifics. “They were nicked up in the game, so we’ll see when they can come back.”

Fourth-year starter Massaquoi (concussion), Patterson (right ankle), Cameron (back), and Paxson (right knee) each required help from Cleveland’s training staff after on-field collisions.

Shurmur would not reveal the injuries that Benjamin and Fujita suffered.

Though Patterson and Paxson appeared to be in tremendous pain when they were hurt, Massaquoi’s status is the most troubling. The 6-foot-2, 207-pounder was hit by Detroit safety Erik Coleman after making a 12-yard reception on the Browns’ initial offensive snap and did not return.

This is Massaquoi’s third documented concussion since Oct. 17, 2010, when he absorbed a brutal helmet-to-helmet blow by Steelers linebacker James Harrison. His second occurred on a high hit by Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner on Oct. 23, 2011.

Over the last two seasons, Massaquoi has made 67 receptions for 867 yards and four touchdowns in 29 games. The three games he missed were because of post-concussion symptoms.

“With Mo down, it’s really going to hurt,” said wide receiver Josh Gordon, a second-round supplemental draft pick. “If it’s me or whoever, we have to be sure to do our jobs until he comes back. It’s up to us to step up for him.”

Massaquoi, in the final season of his four-year rookie contract, added more drama to the situation by going on Twitter to dispute the Browns’ announcement he had a concussion. Per team policy, injured players are not made available to the media until they are medically cleared.

Shurmur reacted angrily when asked about Massaquoi’s tweet following practice.

“I told you what happened, and that’s what happened,” the second-year coach said. “He has a concussion, and we’re treating it as so.”


1southsidedave(5119 comments)posted 3 years ago

...and the Browns will be losers soon!

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2IslandMike(759 comments)posted 3 years ago

Shurmur will be GONE after this year as the CONSTANT REBUILDING continues.

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3MLC75(630 comments)posted 3 years ago

South Dave is the biggest loser always posting on Browns articles,when he is a Steeler fan.

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4IslandMike(759 comments)posted 3 years ago

As a Browns fan, I don't view guys like Dave as the problem, the Browns front office has been the problem, starting with their JOKE of an owner. There will be NO shortage of people willing to hold the door open for Lerner when he leaves the building. GOOD RIDDANCE!

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5redeye1(5175 comments)posted 3 years ago

IM The way I understand it , if it wasn't for Lerner,Cleveland wouldn't even have a team. I agree he's not the best owner , but at least you got the Browns back because of him . I 'm glad for the city , Im a Steelers fan and I missed the rivalry. Now you guys have an owner who knows what its like to win, so success isn't far away . Get ready!

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6IslandMike(759 comments)posted 3 years ago

South Side Dave is doing just what he should do, and that is razz Browns fans. The way to shut him up is to not beat Pittsburgh, but SWEEP Pittsburgh. That will NEVER happen when there is no accountability in the organization. It all starts with the owner, Pittsburgh has had the Rooney family and the Clowns have been stuck with Lerner. I can't wait until Lerner leaves, I wish I could help him pack.

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7southsidedave(5119 comments)posted 3 years ago

I see that a "nerve" was touched in this post. Some of the posters must be shareholders in the Browns organization...or else why would they care?

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