DENVER (AP) - First, quarterback Brandon Weeden was hurt. Then, running back Trent Richardson left the game as well.
Two injuries in the second half of a 34-12 loss to Denver on Sunday turned another long afternoon into something much worse for the Cleveland Browns.
Their two rookies - the backbone of this franchise's future - went out, Weeden with an injury to his right shoulder and Richardson with one to his left ankle.
Coach Pat Shurmur said it was too early to evaluate the severity of the injuries.
But it slowed a bit of the late-season momentum the Browns (5-10) had gained with a three-game winning streak, that has been replaced by a two-game losing streak.
"Our record (stinks) and everybody is disappointed," defensive back Joe Haden said.
Weeden was hurt when he couldn't avoid the heavy rush and went down hard as Von Miller recorded the sack.
As he made his way to the shower following the game, Weeden responded, "I'm all right," when asked about his injury.
More vexing was Richardson's ailment. Many were wondering this: Just why was the team's top offensive threat in a game long over anyway?
After all, there were just 50 seconds left. On the play, Colt McCoy - who was filling in for Weeden - appeared to fall at the feet of Richardson after being hit by defensive back Mike Adams.
"To be honest, I didn't know until we got in here," McCoy said of the injury to Richardson. "I don't remember what play it was on."
When told he may have been the one to roll up on Richardson's ankle, McCoy looked stunned.
"Oh," he said. "I was just trying to not get knocked out."