BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – The ‘Bad News Browns’ have been hit with yet 2 more injuries Friday.
Cornerback Joe Haden missed Friday’s practice due to a groin injury and kicker Patrick Murray sustained a left knee injury during practice.
Jackson didn’t seem concerned about Haden’s injury.
“I know everybody’s got to go on these lists and you gotta check everything; just yesterday after practice [he] had a little groin strain,” Jackson said. “We’ll see how bad it is, but I don’t anticipate it being an issue. We’ll see.”
Both are listed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Miami.
The 2-time Pro Bowler was graded as the Browns’ best defender in last week’s 25-20 loss to the Ravens that saw him intercept 2 passes, break up 4 passes and record 4 tackles according to Pro Football Focus. The analytics-based website rated Haden as the second best corner in the league behind Josh Norman through the first 2 games.
Jackson isn’t sure how severe Murray’s injury is but he will have an MRI.
“We’ll see,” Jackson said.
There’s a real possibility that they will have to add a kicker before they hop on a plane to South Beach as well. That kicker is 2014 Pro Bowler Cody Parkey, who is on stand by.
The Browns are already without starting quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Josh McCown due to left shoulder injuries, receiver Corey Coleman due to a broken hand, center Cameron Erving is recovering from a bruised lung and defensive end Carl Nassib also has a broken hand.
Rookie Of The Week – Browns receiver Corey Coleman was voted the Pepsi rookie of the week for his performance in a 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Coleman caught 5 passes for 104 yards and his first 2 NFL touchdowns in the loss. He broke his hand during Wednesday’s practice and will miss 4-6 weeks.
Not So Special Teams – Special teams coordinator Chris Tabor may be feeling the heat after 2 underwhelming performances by his unit to start the season.
In 2 games Tabor’s unit has given up kick returns of 23 and 48 yards, a 40-yard punt return, missed a 52-yard field goal, had a PAT blocked and returned for 2 while generating very little in the punt or kick return game.
“We need to play better in our area, no doubt about that,” Tabor said Friday. “We have to play better. We have to coach better.”
Tabor refuses to use the team’s youth as an excuse for a lack of execution.
“They are in the National Football League. They have to play at a higher level. We have to coach them at a higher level,” Tabor said. “To be quite honest with you, that is the fun part of coaching. It is a challenge, and Miami is going to present some challenges for us. When you see the results the way you want them to be, you get excited about that. That is what we are looking forward to.
“They might be young, but I have confidence in those kids because there are things on tape that maybe other people don’t see where you can see them getting better. We have to put back-to-back better plays together. That is what we have to do.”
Injury Report – OUT: DE Carl Nassib (hand), QB Josh McCown (shoulder), C Cameron Erving (chest/lung), WR Corey Coleman (hand), S Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: CB Joe Haden (groin), K Patrick Murray (knee); EXPECTED TO PLAY: DL Stephen Paea (elbow), TE Randall Telfer (neck), NT Danny Shelton (knee)