CLEVELAND – Maybe the NFL should let these guys have the night off. Cleveland and Buffalo are bruised and broken.
Both teams have been ravaged by injuries, the latest happening to Bills star running back LeSean McCoy, who hurt his left hamstring in practice on Tuesday as the teams concluded two days of workouts in Rochester, New York.
Cleveland will be missing several starters, including Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and rookie running back Duke Johnson, three of 10 players slowed by soft-tissue injuries. Quarterback-turned-wide receiver Terrelle Pryor hoped to play, but aggravated a hamstring injury Monday. The Browns have five cornerbacks hurt.
Coach Mike Pettine will play presumed opening-week starting quarterback Josh McCown and his other starters up to 25 snaps. QB Johnny Manziel will take over for McCown and play into the third quarter, a chance for him to shine and perhaps close the gap on McCown.
The Bills’ three-way quarterback competition resumes with Tyrod Taylor getting his start. Buffalo’s group of receivers is also limping with starters Sammy Watkins and Percy Harvin not expected to play.
In last Thurday’s preseason game against the Redskins, the Browns lost 20-17.
After that game, the Browns also lost Connor Shaw to a thumb injury.
Also, Ryan Seymour was punished since last week’s game, suspended four games by the NFL for a banned substance.
He can to return to the Browns’ active roster on Oct. 5. Seymour is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and exhibition games.