BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi is anxious to get back on the field.
Massaquoi sustained a left hamstring injury during week 3 at home against Buffalo when his leg was hyper-extended after slipping on some loose sod.
He’s been rehabbing since and feels ready to go after a full week of practice.
“I’m doing good and plan to keep it that way,” Massaquoi said. “Excited about getting back out there this week and hopefully we can come out with a win.”
Coach Pat Shurmur likes what he’s seen this week at practice from Massaquoi but whether or not he will be active on Sunday is to be determined.
“He had a good week of practice,” Shurmur said. “We’ll see on Sunday how it plays out. He’s ready to go.”
Massaquoi started the first 3 games of the season and had 9 catches for 145 yards before going down with the injury. To say it was a frustrating development in what he had hoped to be a promising season would be an understatement.
“It’s been very frustrating just because it was a fast start,” Massaquoi said. “I didn’t expect it to take that long and we’re really starting to catch our stride and I really wanted to be a part of that, and hopefully for this last half of the season we can continue and go on and make some noise so we can achieve some of our goals.”
He hoped to be back sooner.
“At the time I really didn’t know,” Massaquoi said. “Muscles are funny, you never really know how they’re going to respond. I knew it was going to take some time; I didn’t know exactly [how much] though. So right now I’m just going to do everything I can to prevent it from happening again.”
The track for Sunday’s game against the Ravens is expected to be slick but Massaquoi isn’t worried about aggravating the injury which sidelined him 5 weeks.
His return does present an interesting dilemma for Shurmur and offensive coordinator Brad Childress – who will be the odd man out between Travis Benjamin, Josh Cooper and Josh Cribbs?
“I don’t think anybody’s production is going to drop,” Massaquoi said. “I think it’s just another piece of the puzzle so that we can just continue to grow and produce as a whole.”
Cameron Up: The Browns are short at defensive end so they added some depth to the defensive line.
Ronnie Cameron got the bump up from the practice squad and Brian Sanford, who has a knee injury, was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.
“I’m just happy to have an opportunity to help this team,” Cameron said. “That’s what I’ve been waiting for, the opportunity to help this team hopefully get some wins especially this week playing Baltimore.”
Cameron was originally signed by Chicago as an undrafted free agent in April and appeared in the Bears’ preseason opener on August 9, but did not record any statistics. He was waived on Aug. 11 and awarded to the Browns on Aug. 14 and has spent the first 7 weeks on the practice squad.
“It’s been a long road,” Cameron said. “When I got cut by the Bears I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep playing football or not. It’s been really good since I’ve been here. I was cut after training camp and put on the practice squad but I’ve enjoyed it.”
Phil Taylor was activated from the Reserved Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List Friday afternoon. Taylor assumes the roster spot vacated by Emmanuel Stephens who was placed on injured reserve on Monday.
On The Mend: The Browns will have 5 defensive tackles and only 3 defensive ends Sunday but 1 of them won’t be Ahtyba Rubin.
Rubin will be sidelined for a second straight week after aggravating a calf injury at Indianapolis week 7.
“I just know I wasn’t 100 percent so I wasn’t going to keep hurting my team by being out there,” Rubin said. “I’ve been grinding and working. I’m trying to get back on the field as fast as I can.”
He did not practice this week and originally sustained the injury at New York Oct. 7 and sat out the following week against the Bengals.
With the return of Taylor this week, Rubin is anxious to team up with him again up front.
“I miss my guy,” Rubin said. “I know he wanted to get out here. It was killing him [not playing]. I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do. I know he’s going to be excited running around and making plays.”
Injury Report: Out – CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and DE Brian Sanford (knee).
Doubtful – DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf).
Questionable – WR Josh Cooper (thigh) and LB D’Qwell Jackson (foot/toe).
Probable – RB Trent Richardson (chest/rib), S Ray Ventrone (hand/calf), SS T.J. Ward (hand/shoulder), DE Juqua Parker, DT John Hughes (arm), DBs Johnson Bademosi (hip and Tashaun Gipson (knee); LB James-Michael Johnson (knee/groin), RG Shawn Lauvao (groin), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring), RB Chris Ogbonnaya (chest/ribs), DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder/toe), OL Jarrod Shaw (illness), LS Christian Yount (shoulder) and QB Brandon Weeden (groin/thigh).