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Injuries are mounting

August 21, 2011 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- Injuries are starting to become a concern for the Browns, although coach Pat Shurmur doesn't seem concerned.

The worst of the injured is tight end Evan Moore, who suffered a mild concussion in a loss to the Detroit Lions last Friday. Shurmur said Moore felt fine Saturday, although he wasn't on the practice field. According to Shurmur, Moore shouldn't miss significant time and will be ready for the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals in three weeks.

The concern surrounding Moore's injury is that this is his second concussion. He had the same injury in the second game of last season.

Moore has quickly become quarterback Colt McCoy's favorite target. He caught two touchdown passes against the Lions, including an outstanding grab in which he barely kept both feet inbounds as he fell out of the end zone.

The offense is still without receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, who hasn't practiced all of training camp with a foot injury. Shurmur said Massaquoi is close to returning to practice and should be available for the opener.

The news is brighter on second-year running back Montario Hardesty, who's practicing for a second straight week after being held out in the early stages of camp. Hardesty, who had knee surgery last September, is expected to see his first playing time Thursday against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Linebacker Chris Gocong (neck) and safety T.J. Ward (hamstring) missed practice. Linebacker Scott Fujita is back after missing the Lions' game with a thigh injury.


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