Browns coach Pat Shurmur held a news conference this morning before the team began practicing in preparation for its game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Here are some of the highlights:
Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi appeared on Wednesday's injury report. He was listed as limited with a hamstring injury. But Shurmur said Massaquoi, who's pictured to the right, is OK and will practice today. "In my opinion, Mohamed is still dealing with not having had as many reps as he might have had in training camp, and there's no real issue with him," Shurmur said of Massaquoi, who did not play during the preseason because he was recovering from a chipped bone in his left foot. "I think he'll be there, but he did not hurt himself yesterday. ... He'll be out there (today). He'll be practicing. In fact, for being limited (Wednesday), he did just about everything."
Offensive lineman Tony Pashos, the projected starter at right tackle, won't practice today, Shurmur said. With Pashos sidelined with an ankle injury, Oniel Cousins and Artis Hicks will continue to rotate at right tackle. Shurmur said the initial plan is to rotate Cousins and Hicks at right tackle Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. But Shurmur said he'd like to settle on one right tackle rather than use a rotation.
Shurmur emphasized the importance of establishing a ground attack in his offense. "I do like to run the football, and I think it's very important," he said. "And when you run the football, you have to do a good job of gaining yards. I feel like we're set up here where we can run the football and be somewhat efficient, but we have to go do it. Then we have to get the game in a situation where you can stay run-pass, and I think that's when you play the best ball."
Colts starting middle linebacker Gary Brackett (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday, and Shurmur said he's well aware of it. "He's a fine football player, and I'm sure they'll fill in with a guy that's equally as good," Shurmur said. "When you lose a Mike linebacker, there's a lot going on there in terms of leadership and getting guys lined up." The Colts are expected to use Pat Angerer as Brackett's replacement.