In the Cleveland Browns Sunday matchup with the Miami Dolphins, they will be without Olivier Vernon for the 3rd straight week.
Vernon again missed practice on Friday and was officially ruled out for the game.
He is still dealiing with a knee injury he suffered in week 9 versus the Denver Broncos.
The Browns also ruled out DB Eric Murray who is missing his 4th straight game with a knee injury as well.
#Browns unofficial depth chart Week 12: v #Dolphins. Current starting DEs should Olivier Vernon remain out are Chris Smith & Chad Thomas; Justin Burris replaces Morgan Burnett at S pic.twitter.com/FQfrunkbp3
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) November 19, 2019
Tight End David Njoku who also returned to practice this week will not be active for Sunday’s game.
With Vernon still out, the Browns will only have 1 of their regular starters on the defensive line.
Myles Garrett has been suspended for the rest of the season while DT Larry Obgunjobi serves his 1 game suspension.
Because of this, you can expect increased roles for Chris Smith, Chad Thomas, Eli Ankou, and Devaroe Lawrence.
Freddie Kitchens was asked about being shorthanded on the defensive line:
“I go into this week expecting the best that they have,” Kitchens said after Thursday’s practice. “I think if we get that, that is a bonus for us. We need to play well. Everybody up there needs to play well. They would not be on this team if we did not have confidence in them to do that. I expect them to play well. They expect it out of themselves.”