CLEVELAND – Defensive end Frostee Rucker is expected to make his Browns debut tonight in the preseason home opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Rucker, who was the team’s marquee free-agent signee, missed the first two games with a knee injury.
Middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (shoulder) and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (hip) are also expected to make their season debuts after missing the first two games. Returning to the lineup are receivers Mohamed Massaquoi (concussion) and Travis Benjamin (undisclosed) and tight end Jordan Cameron (back), who missed last week’s game in Green Bay.
The Browns will be without 13 players: running back Trent Richardson (knee surgery), tight end Benjamin Watson (undisclosed), cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle), linebacker Scott Fujita (knee), running back Chris Ogbonnaya (leg), linebacker Emmanuel Acho (undisclosed), safety Usama Young (hamstring), safety Bubba Ventrone (hamstring), defensive tackle Scott Paxson (knee), offensive lineman Oniel Cousins (leg), cornerback Antwuan Reed (undisclosed), defensive tackle Phil Taylor (pectoral) and linebacker Chris Gocong (Achilles).
Patterson was on the field for warmups, watching his teammates. He appeared to be fine and wasn’t wearing a boot. He was injured in the opener Aug. 10 in Detroit when Ventrone rolled into his ankle.
Patterson is the nickelback and could move into the starting lineup if Joe Haden is suspended for the first four games after reportedly failing a drug test.
Cousins, Ogbonnaya and Paxson were spotted in the tunnel before the game. Cousins’ right foot was in a boot, Ogbonnaya’s left foot in a boot and Paxson’s right knee in a brace.
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