May 24, 2016


Browns pregame update: OL Shawn Lauvao inactive; K Billy Cundiff active, appears ready to kick

CLEVELAND – Oniel Cousins will start his fourth straight game at right guard today vs. the stout defensive line of the Bengals, as Shawn Lauvao (ankle) is inactive for the fourth straight game.
Lauvao, slated to be the starter, had arthroscopic ankle surgery Aug. 9. He was limited in practice during the week and listed as questionable on the injury report.
The Browns will also be without outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee) and reserve defensive end Billy Winn (quadriceps).
Rookie Barkevious Mingo, the No. 6 pick in the draft, will start his first game in place of Sheard. Mingo will match up against Cincinnati Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth.
They are residents of West Monroe, La., and Whitworth has served as a mentor.
Mingo has two sacks in two games.
North Olmsted native and St. Ignatius graduate Brian Hoyer will start his second game at quarterback for the Browns, his first at home. He led the Browns (1-2) to their first win last week in Minnesota with a touchdown drive in the final minutes.
Kicker Billy Cundiff (thigh) appears ready to go. He couldn’t finish the Vikings game, didn’t kick until Friday and was listed as questionable, but looked fine kicking in warmups.
The other Browns inactives are: quarterback Brandon Weeden (thumb), outside linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle), offensive lineman Martin Wallace and tight end Keavon Milton.
The Bengals will be without three key members of their secondary. Starting cornerback Leon Hall, starting safety Reggie Nelson and backup cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick are inactive with hamstring injuries.
Adam Jones will start for Hall, and Taylor Mays for Nelson.
** The Browns will release running back Montario Hardesty on Monday from injured reserve, according to a report on He had knee surgery during training camp and was placed on season-ending IR.
The release signals a belief by Hardesty that he is ready to play for another team.
Hardesty, a second-round pick in 2010, battled injuries throughout his time in Cleveland and carried only 153 times for 537 yards, a 3.5 average and a touchdown.

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