Coach Pat Shurmur ruled out free safety Tashaun Gipson (foot), wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (knee) and tight end Jordan Cameron (head) for Sunday, when the Browns (5-9) will visit the Denver Broncos (11-3).
None of the aforementioned players will travel with the team, Shurmur said.
Eric Hagg will start in place of Gipson, who was hurt in practice Thursday. Hagg started the first two games this season.
“It’s another opportunity for me to prove myself to the coaches,” Hagg said.
Rookie wide receiver Josh Cooper will play Sunday, replacing Massaquoi, Shurmur said. Rookie tight end Brad Smelley is expected to be active with Cameron out.
With rookie linebacker James-Michael Johnson (left knee) on injured reserve, rookie Tank Carder expects to play strongside linebacker in the Browns’ base defense Sunday.
“It’s never good when injuries occur,” Carder said. “[Johnson] was playing great ball. Hats off to him the way he’s been playing, but that’s the way it is. That’s the nature of the beast. People are going to get hurt and the next guy has got to step up. It’s an opportunity and you’ve got to run with it.”
Gipson, Massaquoi, Cameron, tight end Alex Smith and rookie offensive tackle Ryan Miller did not practice today. Defensive end Frostee Rucker (hip/shoulder) returned to practice after sitting out the past two day and expects to play Sunday.