The Cleveland Browns were dealt yet another blow Sunday morning when cornerback Joe Haden was ruled out for Sunday’s game in Miami against the Dolphins.
Haden sustained a groin injury late Thursday and was unable to participate in Friday’s walk-through practice.
The loss of Haden means that Tramon Williams moves into the starting lineup opposite former Dolphin Jamar Taylor and Tracy Howard moves into the nickel role.
Defensive end Carl Nassib (broken hand), receiver Corey Coleman (broken right hand), center Cameron Erving (bruised lung), quarterback Josh McCown (broken collarbone) and safety Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring) were all ruled out for the game on Friday.
Andrew Hawkins starts in place of Coleman and Derrick Kindred replaces Campbell at safety in the starting lineuo.
Debut Blues – Since 1999, only 2 quarterbacks – Jeff Garcia (2004 v Baltimore) and Brian Hoyer (2013 at Minnesota) – have won their debuts for the Browns. The rest are 0-23. Third round pick Cody Kessler becomes the eighth rookie to start for the team in 18 seasons and the fifth different starter in their last 5 games dating back to the 2015 season.
The Last Time – Sept. 8, 2013: Dolphins beat the Browns 23-10
All-Time Series – Dolphins lead 10-8
Rankings – CBS Power Ranking: Browns No. 32, Dolphins No. 28; AP PRO32: Browns No. 32, Dolphins No. 23
Browns offense – Overall (24), Rush (8), Pass (27).
Browns defense — Overall (20), Rush (17T), Pass (21).
Dolphins offense – Overall (25), Rush (27), Pass (13).
Dolphins defense – Overall (27T), Rush (31), Pass (17).
Browns Probable Starters – OFFENSE: WR Terelle Pryor, LT Joe Thomas, LG Joel Bitonio, C John Greco, RG Alvin Bailey, RT Austin Pasztor, TE Gary Barnidge, WR Andrew Hawkins, QB Cody Kessler, RB Isaiah Crowell, FB Malcolm Johnson
DEFENSE: DE Jamie Meder, NT Danny Shelton, DE Xavier Cooper, OLB Emmanuel Ogbah, ILB Demario Davis, ILB Christian Kirksey, OLB Joe Schobert, CB Tramon Williams, CB Jamar Taylor, FS Jordan Poyer, SS Derrick Kindred
Uniform – Brown jersey, white pants, orange socks
Broadcast – Radio: 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 WNCX and the PNC Bank Cleveland Browns Radio Network; TV: WOIO-TV 19 (CBS)
Kickoff – 1 p.m. Hard Rock Stadium; Miami Gardens, Florida
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