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CLEVELAND — The Browns are facing the possibility of losing two key defensive standouts for perhaps the rest of the season.

Linebacker Karlos Dansby, who injured his knee Sunday, could be out about one month, according to head coach Mike Pettine.

Jabaal Sheard injured his foot and the perception is that he could be lost to the team for the remainder of the season.

Dansby was having a Pro Bowl caliber season, leading the defense, calling plays and being a solid leader off the field. After signing with Cleveland, Dansby had 73 tackles, three sacks and one interception.

“It’s a shame that he’d been playing at a high level and that it is more than just – as you said – the playing, his ability on the field,” said Coach Mike Pettine on Monday. “It’s how he’s been in the meeting room, locker room, out on the practice field, just the intensity, the energy, the leadership. That’s all part of it.”

There’s a chance Dansby will return in December for the final few games.

Sheard was becoming more and more comfortable in the defensive system, led by coordinator Jim O’Neil.

“As he became more and more comfortable with it, he improved and his recent games were his best football,” said Pettine. “That’s why this is such a tough thing to deal with.”

The Browns regrouped on Monday in Berea reviewing the sub-par performance against the Houston Texans.

The Atlanta Falcons are next on the schedule in the first of two straight road games.

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