Browns starting cornerbacks Greedy Williams, Denzel Ward out with hamstring injuries vs. Ravens
The Cleveland Browns are desperate to secure a win against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4, but they’ll be without two of their cornerstone players on defense. According to Ian Rapoport, starting cornerbacks Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward are out with hamstring injuries.
The #Browns will play the #Ravens today and they are unlikely to have their two top CBs — CB Denzel Ward (hamstring) and CB Greedy Williams (hamstring) are both expected to be out, sources said. A tough challenge for that D.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 29, 2019
The Browns were without Ward and Williams in Week 3 against the Los Angeles Rams. As a result, T.J. Carrie and Terrance Mitchell became the starting corners for Cleveland last Sunday.
Surprisingly, the Browns defense was able to contain Jared Goff and the Rams offense tow 268 passing yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Carrie and Mitchell are expected to be the cornerback duo for the Browns once again on Sunday.
Sadly, the Browns will have to take their injury-riddled secondary into Baltimore against a high-powered offense in the Ravens. Having your two starting cornerbacks out with injury is never beneficial for a defense; especially when you have to slow down an offense that is nearly unstoppable.
To begin the season, the Ravens offense led by Lamar Jackson leads the NFL with 511.7 yards per game. Additionally, Baltimore averages 295 passing yards (seventh-best in NFL) and 216.7 rushing yards (best in NFL) per game.
With the much-improved passing ability of Jackson, the Ravens have shown a tendency to stretch the field more this season. Expect to see Jackson take some deep shots to Marquise Brown and the other receivers on Sunday.
Along with Ward and Williams, the Browns may be without Morgan Burnett in Week 4 versus the Ravens. Burnett was out last Sunday and missed practice on Friday with a quad injury.