CLEVELAND — Veteran offensive lineman Greg Robinson will start at left tackle for the Browns (2-5-1) when they host the Kansas City Chiefs (7-1) on Sunday.
Undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison started the first eight games of the season for the Browns at left tackle but will be inactive Sunday with an undisclosed illness that kept him from practicing Friday. Harrison, who was listed as questionable to face the Chiefs, had been struggling with pass protection.
The second overall pick in the 2014 draft, Robinson had started 48 of the 52 games in his career entering this season. He then appeared in each of the Browns' first eight games but didn't start.
Browns starting defensive back Damarious Randall, like Harrison, will be inactive for the first time this season. Randall didn't practice all last week because of a groin injury. On Friday, he said he planned to face the Chiefs and tested the injury at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday morning while a member of the athletic training staff monitored him. The team then shut him down.
Randall has started seven games at free safety and one at cornerback this season, compiling 49 tackles, two interceptions, five additional passes defensed and a fumble recovery. Briean Boddy-Calhoun will start in Randall's place at free safety.
Receivers Antonio Callaway (ankle) and Rashard Higgins (knee), center JC Tretter (ankle) and cornerback Tavierre Thomas (abdomen) will be active for the Browns despite entering the weekend listed as questionable to play.
Five other Browns players will be inactive: quarterback Drew Stanton, receiver Da'Mari Scott (shoulder), linebacker Joe Schobert (hamstring), tight end Pharaoh Brown and defensive end Chad Thomas.
The following Chiefs players will be inactive: safety Eric Berry (heel), linebackers Justin Houston (hamstring) and Frank Zombo (hamstring), center Mitch Morse (concussion), running back Darrel Williams, offensive lineman Kahlil McKenzie and defensive lineman Justin Hamilton.
Jordan Lucas will start at safety in place of Berry. Breeland Speaks will start at left outside linebacker in place of Houston.
Austin Reiter will start at center in place of Morse. So four of the five offensive linemen who will start for the Chiefs are former Browns players: Reiter, right guard Andrew Wylie, left guard Cam Erving and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Wylie, whom the Chiefs claimed off waivers in September, is the only one who didn't appear in a game with the Browns. He spent about two months on the Browns' practice squad last season.