The Browns are dealing with yet another injury in the secondary.
Second-year strong safety Derrick Kindred has an injured wrist and could miss some time, Browns coach Hue Jackson said. It’s unclear when Kindred suffered the injury against the Ravens, as he logged 62 of a possible 78 defensive snaps.
Kindred, who has started 10 games and appeared in all 14, is fourth on the team with 56 tackles.
Already without Briean Boddy-Calhoun, the Browns’ secondary was also without Jamar Taylor on Sunday even though the veteran was active for the game. Taylor played five snaps on special teams while Mike Jordan filled his spot at cornerback.
“The hope is that the foot will get better,” Jackson said. “I think the fact that we were able to dress him and play him on a need basis was good.”
The Browns play the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15.
-- Spencer Drango was on the wrong end of a game-changing play Sunday, but Jackson stressed moments like those haven’t been the norm with the second-year left tackle.
Drango let Baltimore’s Za’Darius Smith blow by him on the way to a strip sack of Kizer midway through the third quarter. Brandon Williams fell on the fumble inside the end zone for a touchdown that put the Ravens ahead by two scores. Drango, who is filling in for 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas, said after the game he’s in need of improvement but believes he’s proven he can hang at one of the NFL’s most important positions.
“I just think the more you play, the more tape that other teams get on you. I don’t think lately that anything has really happened, I just think he has played some really good players,” Jackson said. “Obviously, he got put in some tough spots from time to time. He has to continue to work at it, but again, I think Spencer competed hard. There were a couple of plays that he would like to have back, but those things are going to happen every now and then.”
-- Jackson praised the hustle and effort wide receiver Josh Gordon has shown in his first three games back with the team.
Gordon caught five passes on 11 targets for 47 yards Sunday against the Ravens. Through three weeks, Gordon has 12 catches for 201 yards and a touchdown. He played the most snaps of any Browns receiver Sunday and has been on the field for the majority of plays since he was activated earlier in the month.
Jackson lauded Gordon for his blocking on Cleveland’s only touchdown Sunday, a 12-yard run by Duke Johnson Jr.
“He is very talented, and I think everyone [publicly] expects him to play at a Pro Bowl level from Day 1 and that he would be the big catalyst to get this team over the top,” Jackson said. “He is a football player on our team. He is very talented. I think he is getting better by the week. He has to continue to adjust and play pro football at this level again.
“I think he has hit the ground running. He is still finding some new things in our system and how to do things differently, but I have not seen Josh Gordon have any problem on the field from a competing, hustling, doing what we need him to do standpoint.”