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Browns’ pass-rush hurting as bad as Bengals secondary

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December 4, 2011; Cleveland, OH , USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Jabaal Sheard (97) knocks the ball out of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flaccos (5) causing a fumble during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns could be without their best pass-rusher this Sunday, as linebacker Jabaal Sheard did not practice today, and is being listed as doubtful. Along with him likely being out are linebacker Quentin Groves and defensive end Billy Winn, but the loss of Sheard would be the most significant one.

In three games, Sheard has notched 13 tackles, a fumble recovery and 1.5 sacks, and according to Pro Football Focus, Sheard is Cleveland’s highest rated defender so far this year.

Thankfully for the Bengals, he will not get to add to those stat lines this weekend, but the Browns aren’t exactly in a terrible position with his absence though, as they have a top-10 draft pick waiting in the wings if he can’t go.