The Browns will be without key players on both sides of the ball for Sunday night's game against the Rams.
Three starters -- LB Christian Kirksey (chest), TE David Njoku (concussion/wrist) and S Damarious Randall (concussion) -- and T Kendall Lamm (knee) were ruled out Friday. A number of others -- CB Greedy Williams (hamstring), CB Denzel Ward (hamstring), S Morgan Burnett (quadriceps), WR Rashard Higgins (knee), RT Chris Hubbard (foot), LB Adarius Taylor (ankle), S Sheldrick Redwine (hamstring) and DE Chris Smith (personal) -- are considered questionable.
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens cracked a smile as that long list was read to reporters after Friday's practice. He was serious, though, when he said his expectations haven't changed, especially in a secondary that potentially could be without all of its starters.
"The guys that are there, I expect to show up and play well and compete every snap," Kitchens said. "We've got a bunch of guys back there with a lot of experience. We've got good depth back there and I expect them to play well. They expect to play well."
Check out photos of the Browns preparing for their game against the Rams Sunday by team photographer Matt Starkey
Kitchens said he expects to know the status of a handful of the questionable players in the next 24 hours while some others will be game-time decisions.
"I expect us to show up and play well," Kitchens said. "That expectation hasn't changed and won't ever change. I just need 11 on each side of the ball to show up and play. I think the guys we're taking to the game will show up and do that."