Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi appears to be on the verge of playing for the first time since Sept. 23, when he suffered a hamstring injury against the Buffalo Bills. Massaquoi has missed five consecutive games.
“It’s kind of a building thing,” offensive coordinator Brad Childress said today. “We’ll just see if he’s ready for prime time here by the end of the week when we get to Friday.”
Massaquoi fully participated in practice Wednesday for the first time since he was hurt. He practiced again today, another sign he’s on pace to play Sunday when the Browns (2-6) host the Baltimore Ravens (5-2).
“He looked good,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “He was out there start to finish, did a good job.”
Massaquoi started each of the first three games and compiled nine catches for 145 yards. If Massaquoi can return without experiencing any setbacks, Shurmur must figure out how to work him into a receiver rotation featuring Josh Gordon, Greg Little, Josh Cooper, Travis Benjamin and Josh Cribbs.
“I did think that Mo got off to a good start this season, and then, of course, the injury set him back,” Shurmur said. “It’s a good thing if you’ve gotta make guys inactive or have healthy scratches, so we’ll decide here as we go.”
The Browns had 63 snaps on offense Sunday in their 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers. Gordon played 59 snaps, Little 58, Cooper 14, Cribbs six and Benjamin four.
Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (calf), defensive end Brian Sanford (knee) and cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle) did not practice today.
Rubin might miss his third game in the past four weeks. Patterson will sit out his fourth game in a row.