Starting right cornerback Buster Skrine worked out on a stationary bike during the 30-minute portion of Browns practice open to the media today because he’s dealing with an injured shoulder, and starting left defensive end Ahtyba Rubin was absent for an unknown reason.
Meanwhile, rookie outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo continued to practice on a limited basis while recovering from a bruised lung.
Browns coach Rob Chudzinski will provide updates on all three players this afternoon following practice. The Browns host the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season opener at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Skrine surprisingly surfaced on the injury report Thursday with an injured shoulder. Still, a league source told the Beacon Journal Thursday night that he’s expected to face the Dolphins.
Skrine wore shells, had gloves in his pocket and his helmet beside the stationary bike as he pedaled this morning. In other words, it’s possible he could still participate in practice today.
If Skrine cannot play, Chris Owens would likely start opposite left cornerback Joe Haden, and rookie Leon McFadden would be thrust into action in the defense’s nickel package. The Browns have only four cornerbacks on their active roster – Skrine, Owens, Haden and McFadden, a third-round pick in this year’s draft.
If Rubin is out, John Hughes, a third-round pick in last year’s draft, would likely start in his place. Billy Winn, a sixth-round pick in last year's draft, would be another candidate, but he’s been playing mostly right defensive end.
Mingo, the sixth overall pick in this year’s draft, is a backup right outside linebacker. Jabaal Sheard is the starter in that spot opposite Paul Kruger.
Right guard Shawn Lauvao (high ankle sprain) continued to sit out. He has been ruled out for Sunday.