Right shoulder injuries forced Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur to officially rule out quarterbacks
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“He’s done great,” Shurmur said of Lewis. “He’s had a good week of practice. He’s been preparing himself to play all year, even though he wasn’t on the active roster. What we anticipate and expect is that he goes out and plays winning football.
“Thad’s going to go out and execute our plays. If Josh has to go in, I’m certain he’s going to execute the plays that we call for him. What’s important for Thad is to execute the progressions, get the ball off on time, not rush things, just be urgent and go play his game. I’m confident he’ll do that.”
“He’s excited and I’ve been happy with Montario and what he’s done this year,” Shurmur said. “He doesn’t have the number of carries that he would have liked, but the ones he’s had have been meaningful and we’ll use him as the starter, and
Ruling Brown out for Sunday brings to an end the fifth-longest active streak for consecutive games played by a defender. Brown had played in 175 straight regular-season games, having never missed a contest since being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002, and later traded to the Browns in 2010.
“It’s probably disappointing for him,” Shurmur said. “Unfortunately, he had a concussion and there’s protocol. It’s kind of out of our hands and he ran out of days to come back.”
With Brown out of the lineup, the Browns will rely more on second-year cornerback
Skrine has the second-most special teams tackles on the team, 11, and Wade has added five stops in punt and kick coverage.
“They’ve played quite a bit this year,” Shurmur said. “What I would expect them to do is go out there, play winning football and build on the reps that they’ve had so far.”