June 27, 2016

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Browns struggling with long injury list

BEREA – The Browns injury report got longer Thursday.

Linebacker Marcus Benard (ankle), who has 2.5 sacks in two games, didn’t practice after being limited Wednesday. Quarterback Jake Delhomme (ankle), running back Jerome Harrison (thigh), receiver Brian Robiskie (hamstring), nose tackle Shaun Rogers (hip, ankle) and offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao (ankle) missed practice for the second straight day.

Delhomme hasn’t practiced since getting injured in the opener Sept. 12, and Cleveland.com reported he has the dreaded high ankle sprain. Coach Eric Mangini hesitated when asked if the injury could linger into next week.

“I think there’s potential, but he’s been progressively better each day,” he said. “I thought he was moving around pretty good this morning when I saw him. With injuries, I don’t really know.”

The Browns play the Ravens on Sunday, so it looks as if Seneca Wallace will get his second straight start at quarterback. Delhomme is scheduled to talk to the media today for the first time in more than a week.

Defensive end Robaire Smith (ankle) returned to practice Thursday and Mangini expects him to have company Friday.

“Hopefully, we will get a group of those guys back out there and just see where it is and make the appropriate adjustments,” he said.

Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (pectoral) received limited repetitions Wednesday, making it through his first practice with contact since Aug. 10. The Browns are proceeding cautiously, but Jackson would like to do some more hitting before he plays in a game.

He could play in certain packages Sunday, but won’t return to a starter’s role right away.