Browns hurting at wide receiver

Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden has been hurt by the drops of the Browns' receivers. Now, it's the Browns' receivers who are feeling the pain.

Half of Cleveland's wide receiver group missed Monday's practice. Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), Josh Cribbs (head) and Travis Benjamin (undisclosed) all sat out the first workout of the week.

That leaves the Browns with three healthy receivers on the active roster. Greg Little, Josh Gordon and Jordan Norwood have combined for 22 receptions this season.

The Browns' wide receivers have had problems with dropped passes this season. That's why the top two pass-catchers are running back Trent Richardson (15 receptions) and tight end Ben Watson (12).

There is a possibility that Cleveland will promote wide receiver Josh Cooper, a college teammate of Weeden, at the end of the week if the Browns don't get any of those receivers healthy.

"We'll have to see," coach Pat Shurmur said. "We'll make the roster as good as we can make it. We're going to put the guys on the field that can play and give us the best opportunity to win. If we've got to use three tight ends, if we've got to use two receivers, whatever the combination is, we've got plenty of plays and a lot of ideas and we'll put the guys out there that will give us the best chance to win."

Strong safety T.J. Ward didn't practice after undergoing surgery to repair his broken right thumb a couple of days ago. He could be out for one game.