BAGSHOT, England – Already without Myles Garrett, the Browns defense could be without two more significant members of their group Sunday against the Vikings.
Defensive back Jason McCourty (ankle) and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (groin) are considered doubtful to play when Cleveland takes on Minnesota at Twickenham Stadium.
McCourty, the veteran who leads Cleveland with three interceptions, would be missing his second consecutive game because of an ankle injury he suffered in practice last week. This would be the first game missed for Ogunjobi, the third-round pick who has been a solid member of the Browns' interior defensive line rotation. [
Safety Jabrill Peppers, who missed last week's game because of a toe injury, was limited at Friday's walk-through after missing practice Wednesday and Thursday in Berea. He's considered questionable.
Without McCourty and Peppers last week, the Browns used a handful of players in different spots to minimize the blow of losing two of the secondary's top players. Briean Boddy-Calhoun played nearly every snap, lining up at both safety and cornerback. Mike Jordan saw his most extensive action of the season at cornerback and Ibraheim Campbell also saw increased snaps at safety.
Before the Browns landed in London, they already knew they'd be without Garrett for a fifth time this season. The former No. 1 pick, who missed the first four games of the season because of a high ankle sprain, did not travel with the team because of a concussion.
Browns coach Hue Jackson was encouraged by Garrett's progress earlier in the week but said he hadn't passed through enough stages of the league's concussion protocol to make the trip.
Carl Nassib and Nate Orchard, like they did during the first month of the season, are expected to split the snaps at Garrett's spot.