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It's clearer now

September 20, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- The Sheldon Brown injury mystery of last week has been solved thanks to defensive coordinator Dick Jauron.

In his weekly press conference Jauron said that he was told early last week that Brown would be very limited. The cornerback injured a shoulder in the opener against the Eagles.

Brown was limited in practice in the middle of last week. He was listed as a full participant Friday, leading to speculation that he would play against the Bengals. Buster Skrine started in place of Brown, who appeared on one down.

Coach Pat Shurmur said Thursday that Brown will play a lot Sunday against the Bills. Whether he actually starts if the Bills open in a two-receiver set is another matter. He'll definitely play when the Bills go to three receivers, which is most of the time.

Jauron also referred to Skrine as a work in progress. Skrine struggled against the Bengals and at times seemed a bit overwhelmed by the challenge of his first start.

Asked what Skrine needs to work on, Jauron said, "There's a long list."

The secondary will be tested again with cornerback Joe Haden out for a second straight week as part of a suspension for violating the league's drug policy. Haden will also sit out road games against the Ravens and New York Giants.


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