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Browns cornerback Joe Haden misses practice

Associated Press Modified: November 15, 2012 at 5:48 pm •  Published: November 15, 2012
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Buster Skrine would take Haden's starting spot and rookie Trevin Wade will likely get playing time at nickel back if Haden can't go.

Cornerback Sheldon Brown said the Browns can't worry about missing one player.

"We need everybody on Sunday," he said. "If the quarterback is running backward, then it really doesn't matter who's in the backend. Bottom line is we need every man."

The Browns simply weren't the same when Haden wasn't in the lineup. Quarterbacks didn't have to worry about throwing to his side of the field, and several of Cleveland's young defensive backs were exposed.

Haden was missed — badly — and his absence showed his value to the Browns.

"I didn't gain an appreciation for him because I know how talented he is," Young said. "I've been watching him since his first year and now playing alongside him, you see how talented he is. In this game, when guys go down, you've got to have guys that are going to step up and play at a high level. We look forward to that on defense. We've got some young boys that are hungry, ready to play. Hopefully (Haden) will play, but we don't know yet."

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NOTES: Browns rookie WR Josh Gordon is appealing a $20,000 fine for a block the NFL deemed as a blindside hit on Ravens safety Ed Reed on Nov. 4. Gordon was flagged for a 15-yard penalty. "They told me it wasn't a helmet-to-helmet hit," Gordon said. "It was just that he wasn't looking. He never looked my way at all. We were confused about it for a while and we still are because that's my blocking responsibility, and if I wouldn't have done it, our runner would have gotten tackled for a loss. If you don't make a play, Coach is going to look at you like, 'What's going on?'" ... Special teamer Ray Ventrone was limited in practice with what the Browns listed as a "hand/calf" injury. Ventrone missed one game earlier this season with a broken thumb that required surgery.

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