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Ravens could take advantage of severely injured Browns secondary

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The Cleveland Browns are set to begin their season against reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. But a spate of injuries to their secondary could leave them vulnerable against the Ravens’ high-powered offense in their Week 1 matchup. 

At least three starters from the Browns’ secondary are doubtful to play against the Ravens due to various injuries, while a projected starter has already been lost for the season. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, cornerbacks Kevin Johnson and Greedy Williams have already been ruled out to play against the Ravens, while another cornerback in MJ Stewart is doubtful to play. Free safety Grant Delpit, the rookie out of LSU who was drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2020 Draft, was already lost for the season after suffering a torn achilles tendon during training camp that required surgery. 

Johnson was earlier hospitalized because of a lacerated liver during the team’s training camp, and it’s unclear when he can return for the Browns. Cleveland will play against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 17. 

Williams will also miss the game against the Ravens as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury that he suffered last month. Terrance Mitchell is expected to start for Williams and will likely play alongside Denzel Ward, while Williams will have an opportunity to return to the lineup in their Week 2 matchup against the Bengals. Stewart, meanwhile, has been nursing a hamstring injury since last month, and will have an increased role at the position once he returns for Cleveland. 

The Ravens bested the Browns in two meetings last season, as they scored a convincing 40-25 win their Week 4 matchup, while taking another win, 31-25, in their Week 16 game to clinch the AFC’s top seed.