BEREA – Browns cornerback Joe Haden missed his second straight practice today with a strained oblique muscle. He suffered the injury during the position drills early in practice Wednesday.
Coach Pat Shurmur said he'll be a gametime decision Sunday against the Cowboys.
"He feels better today," Shurmur said. "If he can play, he will."
The Browns are already short-handed at corner with Dimitri Patterson still sidelined by a high ankle sprain and torn ligaments. He will miss his fifth straight game.
If Haden doesn’t play, that would leave Sheldon Brown and Buster Skrine as the starters, with rookie Trevin Wade as the nickelback. Rookie Johnson Bademosi is the only other healthy corner, and he hasn’t played a snap on defense this year.
Safeties Usama Young, Eric Hagg and Tashaun Gipson could also be used in coverage.
Haden missed four weeks early in the season under a league suspension for violating the policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He was looking forward to a strong finish to the season when he talked to reporters Monday.
Safety/special teamer Ray “Bubba” Ventrone also missed practice after aggravating an injury at the beginning of practice Thursday. He’s listed on the injury report with calf/hand injuries.
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