No third QB added; Sheard, Groves practice

October, 9, 2013
10/09/13
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The Browns won't have the quarterback who started the last three games when they play the Lions on Sunday in Cleveland, but they are getting healthier in other areas.

Linebackers Jabaal Sheard (knee) and Quentin Groves (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday, though Sheard was wearing a brace and limping slightly on his sprained knee. Sheard has missed two weeks after hurting the knee in a win over the Vikings. Groves has been out since he sprained his ankle in Week 2 against Baltimore. Their return would add to the pass-rushing swarm the team likes to send at quarterbacks. When Sheard returns, it might affect the playing time for first-round pick Barkevious Mingo, but defensive coordinator Ray Horton likes to use different combinations in his pass-rush units. There should be plenty of time for both.

Fullback Chris Ogbonnaya also was practicing after leaving last Thursday's game with a concussion. Coach Rob Chudzinski said Ogbonnaya had been progressing well.

Defensive end Billy Winn was not practicing, and quarterback Brian Hoyer was not at practice. Hoyer tore a knee ligament and will miss the rest of the season.

As of Wednesday, the Browns had not added a third quarterback, and it appears likely they will go into Sunday's game with Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell. If both are injured, MarQueis Gray -- a waiver wire pickup from San Francisco playing special teams, tight end and fullback -- would be the third quarterback.

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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