Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) - With good news seems to always come bad news.
Such is life in Cleveland when it comes to the Browns.
Monday, cornerback Joe Haden returned to the team after serving his 4-game suspension for unapproved use of Adderall and failing a drug test.
That was the good news.
The bad – another corner, Dimitri Patterson is out.
“I’ve got an ankle sprain here,” Patterson said. “[It's] just had a run of bad luck here and haven’t been able to get all our guys on the field at the same time. It’s been tough. It’s been a tough deal, so yeah, no doubt about it.”
Patterson, who got mixed up on the coverage allowing Victor Cruz to catch his second of 3 touchdowns on the afternoon, said that he sustained the injury to his left ankle during the Giants second possession – on 3rd down – when a receiver fell on it.
He tried to play on it but ended up being carted off the field early in the third quarter.
“I did,” Patterson said. “It swelled up on me too bad. I tried to go and I couldn’t go. At that point, if I would’ve went, I would’ve been a liability and it made no sense.”
Monday, Patterson was on crutches and sporting a walking boot on his left foot. When he will actually be able to return remains unclear.
“You know what? He didn’t give me a timetable, but it’s gonna be a couple weeks,” Patterson said. “So I don’t know what a couple weeks mean. That’s a real gray timetable, so we’re just gonna have to see.”
Coach Pat Shurmur would not provide an update for any of the injured players from Sunday’s loss to the Giants.
“We’ll have to just see as the week progresses.” Shurmur said. “No updates on them.”
Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, who arguably is the heart and soul of the defense, sustained what was reported by the team as a head injury late in the second quarter but was in team meetings today.
“Yeah, that’s tough,” linebacker James-Michael Johnson said. “He’s the biggest part of our team on the defensive side. I think he’ll be fine, though. He looked good today.”
Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin also suffered a lower leg injury in the loss.