Friday, November 11, 2011
T.J. Ward out vs. Rams
BEREA, Ohio -- Browns starting strong safety T.J. Ward will not play Sunday against St. Louis and could miss several games with a foot injury.
Ward remains in a cast after hurting his right foot in the fourth quarter last week in Houston. Ward said after the loss to the Texans that he "felt a pop" in his foot. Ward has not been seen at the Browns' training facility all week, and the team has not disclosed any specifics of his injury or the results of an MRI taken Monday.
This will be the first start the hard-hitting Ward has missed in 25 games as a pro. A second-round pick in 2010, he has 38 tackles, two for losses, this season.
"Injuries never come at good times," defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said. "But it's not a great time for us or for him."
With Ward sidelined, Usama Young will start this week against St. Louis. Young, who has been sharing time with safety Mike Adams, returned to practice Friday after missing two days with a hip injury.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur has faith Young, signed as a free agent during the offseason, can fill in capably for Ward.
"I'm absolutely confident that he's going to do great," Shurmur said. "He practiced well today."
Browns kicker Phil Dawson returned after being sent home Thursday with a migraine. Dawson was able to do all the required kicking in practice and said afterward he felt fine. Dawson has made six kicks beyond 50 yards this season, two shy of tying the NFL record.
Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was missing again, still affected by symptoms from a concussion sustained in an Oct. 23 game. Massaquoi took part in team meetings, but it's doubtful he will be cleared to play the Rams.
Massaquoi has sustained two concussions in the past 13 months. Following the most recent one against Seattle, Massaquoi missed the Oct. 30 game at San Francisco. He missed some practice time last week but returned and started against the Texans. However, Massaquoi began feeling "woozy" in the game and was taken out.