Browns coach Pat Shurmur met with reporters today before his team practiced in preparation for its game Sunday against the Houston Texans. Here are some of the highlights:
- Running back Peyton Hillis (hamstring) is expected to practice and take reps in team drills, Shurmur said. Hillis has missed the past two games and has not practiced since Oct. 26.
- Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion) is also expected to practice and participate in team drills, Shurmur said. "He's been cleared to practice, and so we'll move forward with that," Shurmur said. Massaquoi has not practiced since Oct. 21. He suffered a concussion Oct. 23 against the Seahawks.
- Cornerback Dimitri Patterson (knee), running back Montario Hardesty (calf) and defensive end Auston English (knee) won't practice today, Shurmur said. Hardesty and English have been ruled out against the Texans. Patterson's status for Sunday is still undetermined, but rookie Buster Skrine would serve as the team's nickel cornerback if Patterson is sidelined.
- Offensive lineman Tony Pashos is still expected to start at right tackle, even though Artis Hicks practiced in that spot with the first-team offense on Wednesday. "I don't have any plans to make a change at this point," Shurmur said. Pashos has been dealing with an ankle injury throughout the season.
- There has been a lot of drama this season surrounding Hillis, but Shurmur said, "I think the team understands as the season goes on, things happen. I don't see there being any problems between Peyton and his teammates."
- Wide receiver Carlton Mitchell will be active Sunday for the second consecutive week, Shurmur said. Mitchell played seven or eight snaps against the San Francisco 49ers, Shurmur said.
- Recently signed running back Thomas Clayton will "be ready to play and he will play" against the Texans, Shurmur said.