OWINGS MILLS – Making his first start for the Ravens, quarterback Matt Schaub may be playing behind an injury-depleted offensive line Monday night in Cleveland against the Browns.
Both left tackle Eugene Monroe (shoulder) and left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee) were listed as doubtful on Saturday’s injury report, as was wide receiver Marlon Brown (back) and tight end Chase Ford (shoulder). Ravens cornerback Shareece Wright (back) was listed as questionable.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh did not rule out either Monroe or Osemele, even though neither player practiced all week.
“Just get them to Monday night, we have an extra day, see how they’re doing,” Harbaugh said. “If they can play, they will. That’s the kind of guys they are. If they can’t, the next guys are ready to play. I think it’s a cohesive group, I’m not too worried about the O-line at all. We have depth, and no matter who is playing is going to play really well.”
John Urschel started at center in place of Zuttah against the Rams, and James Hurst (left tackle) and Ryan Jensen (left guard) are expected to start Monday if Monroe and Osemele cannot.
Even if Schaub is forced to play without three-fifths of the Ravens’ normal starting offensive line, coach John Harbaugh insists expectations should not change. The Ravens (3-7) will be trying to win two straight for the first time all season, against a Browns (2-8) team that won in Baltimore in October.
“We want to go win a football game,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a fight out there. We’re not sitting there saying, ‘Oh, I wonder what everybody thinks about me.’ We’re not in seventh grade here. I wonder what they think of me? What are they texting about us? What does Snapchat say? I have a daughter in eighth grade. There are a lot of bullies in the cyber world, right? We don’t care what they think.”
For the Browns, cornerback Joe Haden, and wide receivers Taylor Gabriel and Andre Hawkins were listed as out with concussions, along with defensive end Randy Starks (knee). Guard Joel Bitonio (ankle) and linebacker Nate Orchard (groin) were questionable. Starting quarterback Josh McCown (ribs) was probable, as was third-string quarterback Johnny Manziel (elbow) and cornerback Donte Whitner (concussion).
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