Browns WR Massaquoi out for Ravens

Associated Press Modified: September 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm •  Published: September 26, 2012
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Mohamed Massaquoi is hurt, and without the wide receiver Cleveland's passing attack could be hurting against Baltimore.

Massaquoi will miss Thursday night's game against the Ravens with an injured hamstring. Massaquoi, who was off to a strong start this season, strained his left hamstring in the second half of Sunday's loss to Buffalo and did not practice the past two days. Before leaving for Baltimore on Wednesday, the Browns reported Massaquoi is out, meaning rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden won't have his top wide receiver against the Ravens

Massaquoi has nine catches for a team-high 145 yards and has developed a nice chemistry with Weeden.

Massaquoi's injury will likely give Jordan Norwood his first playing time this season and force Cleveland's other wide receivers to step up their games for the Browns to have any chance of ending a nine-game losing streak.

Greg Little could become a primary target, but he's coming off a game in which he dropped a big pass, leading coach Pat Shurmur this week to say he would consider sitting the second-year player. It's also possible that return specialist Josh Cribbs could take more offensive snaps against the Ravens. He caught one pass for 24 yards last week and Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress said Cribbs' playing time could increase.

"We're going to water drop him in there, but to tell you that he would have a leading role, I would be misleading anybody to say that," Childress said. "We're going to have plays for him in there that are his plays. Even though they're his plays, it doesn't mean the ball is going to be able go to him just by virtue of some of the progressions we have. We can look at him, if he's gloved or he's covered, then you can't go there.

"You could have the best intentions with Josh and still not be able to get him the football."

The Browns also need to get more production from rookie Josh Gordon, who had three catches for 40 yards against the Bills and showed signs of breaking out. Cleveland drafted the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder in the second round of the supplemental draft to make plays and it may be time for Gordon to start making some.

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