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Bruised receivers

October 1, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- The Browns could go into their game Sunday against the New York Giants minus receivers Mohamed Massaquoi, Joshua Cribbs and Travis Benjamin.

Cribbs and Benjamin were hurt in the 23-16 loss the Baltimore Ravens last Thursday. Cribbs suffered a concussion and Benjamin went down with an undisclosed injury. Massaquoi sat out the game with a pulled hamstring.

If the three can't go against the Giants, coach Pat Shurmur will have to increase the playing time of rookie Josh Gordon and Jordon Norwood. Neither has contributed much this season -- Gordon has seven receptions for 93 yards, and Norwood has four catches for 56 yards.

Cribbs' potential absence could affect Norwood on special teams as the punt returner. He said that he hasn't returned a kick since the third grade.

Cribbs would be replaced by Buster Skrine on kick returns.

Normally a rash of injuries at one spot would prove to be a big problem, but not so with the Browns. The more time Gordon and Norwood receive could only help a group of receivers that has had trouble holding onto the ball. The situation has reached a critical stage for Greg Little, who, according to the website "statsllp," has four drops. The Browns lead the NFL with 11 drops.

Shurmur wasn't in a mood to discuss how he plans to deal with the injuries at his Monday press conference. He referred to all the injuries as day-to-day. That includes safety T.J. Ward, who had surgery on a broken thumb. Ward is expected to play Sunday.


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