Starting defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin did not practice today, a sign he’ll likely be ruled out for Sunday, when the Browns (2-6) host the Baltimore Ravens (5-2).
Rubin has missed two of the past three games with an injured calf. He hasn’t practiced all week.
Although Rubin’s absence would be a significant blow to the defense, it should be softened by the return of tackle Phil Taylor.
After missing the first eight games this season while recovering from a torn pectoral muscle, Taylor will make his 2012 debut Sunday. Taylor, the 21st overall pick in last year’s draft, said he won’t start and his reps will be limited, but he should still be able to help while rotating with rookie starting tackles Billy Winn and John Hughes.
Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi is also in line to return, as evidenced by his work with the offense today during practice. Massaquoi had been sidelined in each of the past five games with a hamstring injury he suffered Sept. 23 against the Buffalo Bills. He fully participated in practice Wednesday and Thursday, and coach Pat Shurmur said "he's ready to go."
In addition to Rubin, cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and defensive end Brian Sanford (knee) did not practice, either. Both players are expected to be ruled out for Sunday, too.
Roster move coming
The Browns will elevate rookie defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron from their practice squad to their active roster, Shurmur said after practice.
They will also place Sanford on injured reserve, Shurmur said.
Ravens three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata did not practice today, according to reports. He also missed practice Thursday with knee and shoulder injuries. ... General Manager Tom Heckert and outgoing team president Mike Holmgren watched the Browns practice today.