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Browns CBs Joe Haden, Buster Skrine expect to play Steelers despite recent injuries

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 23, 2012

The Browns entered this week with three of their top four cornerbacks seemingly in danger of sitting out Sunday’s home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but two of them are now expected to play this weekend.

Joe Haden, the team’s top cornerback, practiced for the third consecutive day after being sidelined during the Browns’ 23-20 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys with an injured oblique muscle. Buster Skrine, meanwhile, practiced for the second day in a row after suffering a concussion Sunday late in the fourth quarter.

Both players said they'll play Sunday.

So Haden and Sheldon Brown will start at cornerback against the Steelers, and Skrine is in line to serve as the nickel corner, covering the slot in three-receiver sets.

The only Browns players on the active roster who did not practice today were cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and special-teams ace Ray Ventrone (calf). Patterson, the team’s top nickel corner, and wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who’s on injured reserve with a sprained foot but designated to return, ran through drills with a trainer outside while the rest of the team practiced in the field house.

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