Young, Hagg to start in secondary

Posted Dec 23, 2012

DENVER -- Usama Young and Eric Hagg are expected to start at the safety positions for the Browns in today’s game against the Denver Broncos.

DENVER -- Veteran defensive back Usama Young and second-year pro, Eric Hagg, are expected to start for the Cleveland Browns today against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Young will make his 12th start in 13 games this season and play strong safety for T.J. Ward, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week. Hagg will start in place of Young at free safety. Earlier in the year, Hagg started two games at free safety.

Young has made 47 total tackles, including 33 solo stops, registered 1.5 quarterback sacks and collected two interceptions this year. He has broken up six passes and recovered a fumble. Hagg has made 17 total tackles and broken up one pass this year.

The Browns have deactivated wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, running back Brandon Jackson, defensive back Tashaun Gipson, linebacker Adrian Moten, defensive lineman Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw and tight end Jordan Cameron.

Kitchen was limited in practice this week with a calf injury, while Massaquoi (knee), Gipson (foot) and Cameron (head) were declared out on Friday’s injury report.

The Broncos have deactivated quarterback Caleb Hanie, wide receiver Andre Caldwell, cornerback Tony Carter, fullback Chris Gronkowski, guard Chris Kuper, tight end Julius Thomas and nose tackle Sealver Siliga.

Manny Ramirez will start at right guard for Kuper.

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