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Browns down to third tight end; Wright active

By Marla Ridenour Published: October 25, 2009

The Browns' top two tight ends, Robert Royal and Steve Heiden, are both inactive for Sunday's home game against the Green Bay Packers.

Royal suffered from the flu last week, injured his hamstring last Sunday at Pittsburgh and also a ligament injury to a finger on his right hand. Heiden, inactive for the second consecutive game, seems to have had a setback after undergoing reconstructive knee surgery last December.

Greg Estandia, claimed off waivers from Jacksonville on Sept. 22, will start at tight end. Right guard/center Hank Fraley will likely see action for the second consecutive game as a blocking tight end.

Meanwhile among the actives is cornerback Eric Wright, who hurt his shoulder when he totalled his car early Friday morning on an Interstate ramp.

The Packers will be without two starting offensive linemen -- center Jason Spitz (back) and left tackle Chad Clifton (ankle). T.J. Lang will start for Clifton, Scott Wells for Spitz.

Royal is the only Brown on the inactive list who was among the 12 stricken with the flu last week. Missing his fifth consecutive game is kicker Phil Dawson (right calf). Also inactive are defensive back Coye Francies, running back Chris Jennings and offensive lineman Billy Yates.

Among the Packers inactives are running back Ahman Green, fullback Korey Hall, safety Matt Giordano, guard/center Evan Dietrich-Smith, tackle Mark Tauscher, receiver Jordy Nelson and defensive end Jarius Wynn.


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