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Cleveland Browns lineup changes and injury report


*Cleveland Browns lineup changes and injury report *

  • The biggest news that dropped in Berea on Friday had to do with Ahtyba Rubin. The defensive lineman is listed as probable, after missing the last two games with an ankle injury. Having Rubin back in the starting lineup might help remedy some of the Browns' woes in defending the run.
  • "He's had a good week," said coach Mike Pettine about Rubin. "He feels good. He's been cleared. We obviously feel real good about it."
  • Defensive lineman Billy Winn (quad) and safety Jim Leonhard will be game time decisions. Both are listed as questionable. Winn has 10 tackles on the season and hasn't suited up since the Oct. 5 game against the Titans. Leonhard has five tackles on the season and aggravated his ankle in practice.
  • Rookie nickel cornerback K'Waun Williams practiced fully for two straight days after suffering a concussion against the Steelers on Oct. 12. All signs are pointing towards him playing Sunday against the Raiders.
  • The Browns have not made their final decision on who will start at right guard, and who will start at center. The latter will be the more impactful decision of the two. If Cleveland feels Nick McDonald (wrist) is healthy enough to start, he probably makes the most sense. Then John Greco can slide back over to his natural position at right guard.

Jordan Cameron update

  • There's a simple answer for why Jordan Cameron has 10 catches through the Browns first six games this season: Cleveland's offensive scheme might be the polar-opposite of last year. With Norv Turner calling the plays in 2013, the Browns lead the league in passing attempts. Now that Kyle Shanahan has arrived, his power-running game has been inserted in its place and the results have been evident.
  • Cameron isn't frustrated by his numbers, because ultimately those don't matter.
  • "You've got to understand it's a different scheme," said the Pro Bowl tight end by his locker on Friday. "We don't throw the ball like we did last year. We are more of a run-first offense. I'm adjusting to that. It's really about whatever this team needs... We are just running the football a lot more.  We have a great run game and it's been working. "
  • Cameron has been one of several players who stayed after practice this week, both at the jugs machine and with quarterback Brian Hoyer. You can feel there is a sense of commitment from the offense to come out and make a statement against the Raiders.
  • "We've been working on our chemistry this whole week," Cameron said. "[Brian and I] have always had a connection and we're going to keep improving on that during practice."
  • Cameron was adamant that the Browns didn't treat the Jaguars like a trap game and that their preparation for Oakland remains the same.
  • "Each week is a battle. We knew Jacksonville was a good team. We didn't underestimate them at all," said Cameron. "We came in there preaching they were one of the best defenses we've played. They proved that they were. Same as this week – we are going against a good team, whether their record shows it or not."
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