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Need to Know: Jason McCourty questionable with ankle injury

Posted Oct 20, 2017

McCourty, who leads Browns with 3 INTs, suffered injury in Thursday's practice

The Browns hope veteran defensive back Jason McCourty, who has been a bright spot in a winless start, will be able to play Sunday against the Titans.

McCourty, who leads Cleveland with three interceptions and five total takeaways, was listed as questionable on Friday’s final injury report after suffering an ankle injury in practice the day before.

“We'll cross that bridge when we know for sure,” head coach Hue Jackson said when asked about potential replacements. “We want McCourty to be there. He’s one of our best players.”

McCourty spent his first eight NFL seasons in Tennessee and has been a welcomed addition on the field and inside the young Browns locker room.

— Also questionable for Sunday are wide receivers Kenny Britt (knee/groin), Sammie Coates (hamstring) and rookie safety Jabrill Peppers, who’s been dealing with a nagging toe injury. Jackson expressed cautious optimism, saying he hopes at least a few of those players will suit up this weekend. “I think there's an opportunity for some of them to have an opportunity [to play]," he said. "We will just kind of see where it is tomorrow, but I need to go in and see the medical staff now and see where they are.”

— After another frustrating loss to the Texans last week, Jackson said it’s his job to keep the Browns focused amid an 0-6 start to 2017. When asked about that record, he didn’t sugarcoat matters, saying the losing is hard for everyone, including him. “I’m not used to losing like this. It is different for everybody I think. It's different for everybody on this football team who haven’t been here, this is tough. I said that yesterday. We're here to win,” he said.

“When you don’t, my job as the head coach and the leader is to reset everybody, put us back in the right frame of mind and go take the charge to the next week on what we have to accomplish. What I always try to do is try to give our players hope. I want them to feel and know that every week there's an opportunity for us to do anything great, but we have to do it.”

— In two career NFL games, Myles Garrett has collected three sacks in relatively limited playing time. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams expects the rookie defensive end and No. 1 pick to play more this weekend.

“He played dominant in a lot of phases,” Williams said. “It was the next step, and I was holding my breath that it wasn’t going to set him back. It hasn’t set him back. He has had a very good week of practice. We are turning him loose.”

Garrett returned to action two weeks ago against the Jets after suffering a high ankle sprain days before the season opener.

— Jackson said there’s a chance rookie defensive back Howard Wilson could return this season. Wilson, a fourth-round pick from Houston, suffered an injury on the first day of rookie minicamp and was placed on the physically unable to perform list before the start of the season.

— Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor said the Browns will have to keep tabs on Titans cornerback/returner Adoree’ Jackson. “He kind of reminds you a little bit of a young Antonio Brown,” he said. Jackson, a rookie from USC, is averaging 22 yards per kick return. With the Trojans, he scored four times on kick/punt returns last season and was a two-time All-American in track and field.

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