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 (pulled hamstring) will be at practice and will do some running today, Shurmur said. Hillis has missed the past two games and has not practiced since Oct. 26. When asked if Hillis would be able to do more than just run during practice, Shurmur said, "We'll just have to see. He was at the walk-through (this morning) and competed. So we'll just see. It's really hard for me to say right now till he gets out there and gets going. He's been running around, but the football stuff is different." Hillis' status for Sunday remains uncertain. "We've just gotta see how much he can do and if he can get himself back in position to play," Shurmur said. "If and what time that is, we'll get him out there."
Linebacker Chris Gocong (shoulder) and wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion) are expected to practice today, Shurmur said.
Running back Montario Hardesty (calf) and defensive end Auston English "most likely won't play this week," Shurmur said.
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson (knee) will work out indoors today, Shurmur said. Rookie cornerback Buster Skrine would play in the slot in the team's nickel defense if Patterson is sidelined.
Like Hillis, safety Ray Ventrone (hamstring) will also be at practice today and do some running.
Shurmur on cutting wide receiver Brian Robiskie Tuesday to make room for the signing of running back Thomas Clayton: "We had injuries at running back, and then we have to make a roster move and then you look at your roster and you say, 'There's nobody we want to release.' ... I like Brian. I have a great deal of respect of for him. But based on how the roster was shaped, we had to make a move to bring in a runner, and we made the decision to part ways. But (I) wish him the best, and we're hopeful that he's playing football soon for somebody. ... He competed with the other receivers and (I) felt like he was given his opportunities to play. Again, you just make decisions. Again, I like Brian, and he's an NFL receiver, so we're hopeful he has a place to go."