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Cleveland Browns Announce Concerning Injury News On Friday

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The Cleveland Browns will be without at least two defensive stars when they host the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and cornerback Denzel Ward have both been ruled out for the matchup, the team announced Friday. 

Clowney is dealing with injuries to his ankle, knee and elbow and Ward is in the league's concussion protocol.

"The #Browns ruled out DE Jadeveon Clowney (ankle + knee + elbow) and CB Denzel Ward (concussion) for Sunday’s game vs. New England." -- Ari Meirov

This will be the third game Clowney, a three-time Pro Bowler has missed so far this season. Ward sustained a concussion during Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Chargers and has not practiced this week.

Those aren't the only two big names on the Browns defense who could be in danger of missing the contest, either. Former No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett has not practiced this week due to shoulder, biceps and hand injuries. Garrett missed the team's Week Four game after being injured in a Sept. 26 car crash but played last week.

The good news for the Cleveland defense is that they might be facing a rookie quarterback. 

Patriots starter Mac Jones has been limited in practice this week, but it would come as a surprise if he's able to return from a high ankle sprain two weeks after the injury occurred. If Jones cannot play, fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe would make his second start in a row.