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Browns LB Brown has high ankle sprain, unable to practice

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BEREA, Ohio -- With one exhibition game to go, the Cleveland Browns' depth chart is taking a beating.

Linebacker Titus Brown joined the list of Browns unable to work out Friday because of a high ankle sprain. Brown, tackle Eric Steinbach and running back Brandon Jackson did not suit up for a light walk-thru following Cleveland's 24-14 loss to the Eagles in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

First-year coach Pat Shurmur said that despite losing punter Reggie Hodges for the season and having several others recouping from various bumps and bruises, the Browns' injury issues are not that alarming.

"Coaches [throughout the NFL] are dealing with the same type of issues," Shurmur said.

Shurmur is willing to be patient, as he was with Montario Hardesty. The running back carried five times against the Eagles in his first action since tearing a ligament in last year's final exhibition game and having surgery.

Hardesty's health is a good sign since Brandon Jackson, signed as a free agent from Green Bay, remains out with a turf toe injury.

"He's in a cast and he'll be out for an extended period," Shurmur said of Jackson. "It's not broken, but it is going to take some time."

Shurmur said Brown and Steinbach, who hasn't practiced since Aug. 17, won't be back immediately either.

"He [Brown] has a high ankle sprain and may be out for some time," Shurmur said. "Steinbach is dealing with a back issue -- disc. He's going through treatments."

Shurmur said he has not been able to put together a timetable on when the 6-6, 295-pound Steinbach could be back.

In the meantime, Shurmur likes what he has seen from others filling in around the field, notably offensive lineman Jason Pinkston.

"He has made huge, huge strides," Shurmur said of the 305-pound rookie from the University of Pittsburgh. "When you're in there in the thick of it, it's very challenging for those big guys. It really takes development and seasoning and I think he's making huge progress."

Shurmur used Friday's walk-thru to correct mistakes that led to the Browns falling behind 24-0 against the Eagles.

"In certain instances we were better and there were certain spots where we saw errors that were killers," Shurmur said. "We were out here today getting rid of it. Guys that made errors really absorbed it and we did a very good job of going through the corrections."

Shurmur said that in a regular season game, the Browns would have called more running plays and tried to control the ball against the explosive Eagles. Instead, Cleveland worked on ironing out wrinkles in its newly installed west coast offense.

"We have the ability to run the football," Shurmur said. "I'm trying to use the preseason as a way to develop the team, you really need to develop the pass game as much as the run game."

Feature back Payton Hillis carried just three times. Quarterbacks Colt McCoy, Seneca Wallace and Jarett Brown went a combined 16 for 28 for 177 passing yards and two touchdowns. Philadelphia had the ball more than nine minutes longer in the game as Cleveland failed to gain a first down on four of its first seven possessions and also threw an interception.

"Most of the errors were because of the Browns, not the Eagles," Shurmur said.

Brown and wide receiver Jordan Norwood were hurt in the first quarter. Norwood tweaked his knee when accidently tripped by teammate Sheldon Brown. Norwood fumbled while trying to fair catch a punt.

Shurmur said defensive lineman Marcus Benard woke up Friday with a sore shoulder and was being evaluated.

Notes: WRs Josh Cribbs (hamstring), Mohamed Massaquoi (left foot), Carlton Mitchell (finger) and Norwood, Benard, LB Chris Gocong (neck), and DBs Usama Young (hamstring) and T.J. Ward (hamstrings) and Dimitri Patterson spent time on exercise bikes. ... The first roster cut, down to 80, is due Tuesday. The final cut to 53 is due on Sept. 3, two days after Cleveland's final exhibition game in Chicago and eight days before the Browns open the season at home against Cincinnati.

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