Browns starting defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin sat out practice for the second consecutive day with an injured calf.
Rubin missed the Browns’ game Oct. 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals because of the injury. He started Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts but played only seven snaps and left the game for good in the second quarter.
If Rubin can’t play Sunday when the Browns (1-6) host the San Diego Chargers, rookie John Hughes would start in his place. Rubin has 20 tackles and one sack in six games this season. Hughes, a third-round pick in this year’s draft, has 16 tackles and a sack in seven games this season.
Cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle), offensive linemen Ryan Miller (illness) and Jarrod Shaw (undisclosed) and linebacker Scott Fujita (neck) did not practice, either. Fujita will be placed on injured reserve, coach Pat Shurmur said.
Big boss present
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam attended practice today. He watched the action from the field and chatted with Shurmur.
Top lieutenant absent
New CEO Joe Banner did not begin working today at the Browns’ headquarters as originally planned because he was in Boston with his ill father, a team spokesman said.