Browns hoping to return some injured players vs. Ravens - News & Notes

The Browns came out of Sunday's game relatively healthy and could be in position to return a few of their previously injured players in time for next week's game at Baltimore.

Last week, Cleveland placed two players on injured reserve -- TE David Njoku and LB Christian Kirksey -- and had seven injured players on their inactives list, including all four starters in the secondary, against the Rams. Two others -- DE Chris Smith (personal) and S Sheldrick Redwine (hamstring) -- also didn't play.

"We should be getting some of our other guys back, which are probably more day-to-day things than anything," Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said.

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-- Lumped among the day-to-day players are cornerbacks Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward, both of whom injured their hamstrings on the practice field Thursday and were unavailable Sunday.

Ward, Williams and safety Redwine suffered hamstring injuries within 10 minutes of each other during the practice, Kitchens said.

"I don't know if that is contagious or I don't know if it is more of a general practitioner doctor question in case something is running around the facility… I am being funny … It wasn't too funny for me on Friday," Kitchens said. "I think we need to look at it individually and collectively and make sure that we are doing everything we need to.

"I have never seen it," Kitchens said. "Hopefully I never see it again."

Williams said he resumed running Monday and was seeking out advice from veteran T.J. Carrie, who overcame a hamstring injury during the preseason.

"I have never missed a game in my life. Then boom, I come to the NFL and missed my third game," Williams said. "It was very difficult. I was just telling my coach, 'Man, it is really eating me up just missing my first game.' I am just ready to get back out there."

-- Right tackle Chris Hubbard (foot), swing tackle Kendall Lamm (knee), wide receiver Rashard Higgins (knee) and safeties Damarious Randall (concussion) and Morgan Burnett (quadriceps) are among the other players to monitor as the Browns hope to avoid a similar injury situation as the one they faced against the Rams. 

Linebacker Adarius Taylor (ankle) returned to action Sunday after missing the previous week. Listed as the team's starting SAM linebacker, Taylor only played on special teams against the Rams.

The Browns, specifically on defense, took pride in how the group responded to all of the unexpected injury adversity it faced while dealing with the defending NFC Champions.

"I think we have a lot of talent within our defensive room, period," Carrie said. "For everyone to be able to step up and play to that capability last night was somewhat not out of the normal for us because we pride ourselves on being able to go out there and win the game on defense. For our players, we kind of all looked ourselves in the mirror and said we are go out here, have a good game, have fun, make plays and see where the chips fall."

-- One of the players who stepped up in the biggest possible way was S Juston Burris, who wasn't even on the team until late Friday afternoon.

Burris spent part of last season and the entire preseason with the Browns before his release on cut-down day. He hooked up with the Raiders for a brief stint but was waived Thursday. The Browns claimed him the next day and spent the next 48 hours preparing him for Sunday's game.

Burris played every defensive snap and made one of the biggest plays of the game with his interception in the fourth quarter.

"My coach called me on Friday, he told me I was going to play a lot," Burris said. "I did not know it was going to be that much."

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