Browns starting right outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard isn’t a fan of the way Detroit Lions standout defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh plays.
The NFL has fined Suh six times and suspended him once for illegal plays against opponents since he entered the league in 2010.
The Browns (3-2) will face the Lions (3-2) Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
“I just watch the highlights that y’all put on ESPN with him hurting somebody,” Sheard said today after practice. “It’s crazy. It’s the league, so guys play hard. I respect how hard he plays, but I’m not a dirty player so I really don’t care for it. There’s offensive linemen that play like that. There’s a few guys out there that kind of just play that way. I don’t respect it. I don’t like it. He’s a great player. He’s a dominant player. I don’t think he needs to do all the dirty stuff.”
Sheard (sprained left knee) and backup left outside linebacker Quentin Groves (high-ankle sprain) are listed as questionable for Sunday, meaning there’s a 50 percent chance they’ll play. Both players practiced all week on a limited basis and said decisions about whether they play will be made Sunday morning after they work out at the stadium. Sheard hasn't played since he suffered the injury Sept. 22 against the Minnesota Vikings, and Groves has been idle since he was hurt Sept. 15 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Backup defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps) has been ruled out. Fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (concussion), defensive ends Desmond Bryant (illness) and John Hughes (knee) and Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas (elbow) are probable.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said quarterback Brian Hoyer will undergo surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Oct. 18 at the Cleveland Clinic. Hoyer suffered the injury Oct. 3 against the Buffalo Bills.
Lions All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson (right knee) practiced today after sitting out a 22-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers this past weekend. Chudzinski said the Browns expect Johnson to play Sunday.
Backup quarterback Jason Campbell conceded “it stung” when Hoyer leapfrogged him on the depth chart and was chosen to start in Week 3. But Campbell also said he understands his role and has been supportive since the decision was made. He has been giving Brandon Weeden advice as he prepares to return to the starting lineup Sunday with Hoyer out for the season. … Browns backup running back Fozzy Whittaker said he took some reps at kickoff returner this week. He doesn't know if he'll get a chance to do it Sunday, but he insisted he’s prepared. … In an interview with USA Today, Browns CEO Joe Banner reiterated the message Chudzinski delivered to local reporters earlier this week about wide receiver Josh Gordon. "We're absolutely not shopping Josh," Banner said Thursday. "We're not going to shop him, and we don't have any plan or intention to trade him."