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Rubin active, expected to start

Posted Sep 22, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin is active and expected to start at left defensive end today against the Minnesota Vikings.

MINNEAPOLIS -- After missing the first two games of the 2013 regular season because of a calf injury, Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin is active and expected to start today against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome.

Rubin is expected to start at left defense end.

The sixth-year pro has registered 267 total tackles -- including 177 solo stops -- and nine sacks for 66.5 lost yards in 73 career games with the Browns since being selected out of Iowa State University in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

In addition to Rubin, the Browns have two changes to their starting lineup on offense.

Quarterback Brian Hoyer will start for Brandon Weeden, who is inactive because of a sprained right thumb that occurred in last week’s 14-6 loss at the Baltimore Ravens. Oniel Cousins will go at right guard in place of Shawn Lauvao, who is missing his third straight game with an ankle injury suffered in training camp.

The Browns have deactivated Weeden, Lauvao, linebacker Quentin Groves, offensive linemen Patrick Lewis and Martin Wallace, tight end Keavon Milton and defensive lineman Armonty Bryant.

The Vikings will be without the services of quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, tight end Rhett Ellison, safety Mistral Raymond, linebacker Gerald Hodges, guard Jeff Baca, defensive tackle Chase Baker, and defensive end George Johnson.

Minnesota has made no changes to its starting lineup.