Browns starting right outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard is sitting out practice today with an injured knee.
Sheard is day-to-day with the injury, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said through a team spokesman. Rookie Barkevious Mingo (bruised lung) is Sheard’s backup, but he’s still out, too.
With Sheard sidelined, Quentin Groves is practicing with the first-team defense opposite starting left outside linebacker Paul Kruger. Groves will likely start Saturday when the Browns visit the Indianapolis Colts in the third preseason game.
Groves is the backup left outside linebacker. He started seven games last season under the guidance of new Browns offensive coordinator Ray Horton while the two were members of the Arizona Cardinals.
"You’re only a blueprint of your head, and Ray’s the head of our defense," Groves said in a recent interview. "He loves to get after the quarterback and do things like that. That’s the identity we take. He’s not an exciting, exciting guy, but at the same time he’s a great guy to play for because he gets your fired up. He knows how to get you going."
Groves compiled 46 tackles and four sacks last season.
"My style, I’m more of a speed rusher," Groves said. "Speed, speed to power, things like that."
Looking at the lineup
Cornerback Chris Owens was limited today with a sore foot, the same one he strained Aug. 7, Chudzinski said through a team spokesman.
As a result, rookie Leon McFadden took some reps with the first-team defense along with corners Joe Haden and Buster Skrine in the nickel package. He had two interceptions.
Rookie Garrett Gilkey and veteran backup tackle Oniel Cousins are rotating at right guard today with the first-team offense.
Billy Winn is working at right defensive end with the first-team defense while starter Desmond Bryant (back spasms) remains sidelined.