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Browns hold DL Rubin, DB Ward, G Lauvao out of practice Wednesday

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  • BEREA, Ohio -- The Browns held three key players, including two defensive starters, out of practice Wednesday, ahead of the team's showdown with rival Baltimore Sunday.

    Starting right guard Shawn Lauvao, who is recovering from a preseason ankle injury, did not practice. The team has struggled to find a replacement at that spot on their offensive line, which became apparent when protection issues arose against the Dolphins.

    "We'll hold him (Lauvao) today. We'll continue to get treatment with him and just assess as we go and see how he is tomorrow," said Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski, "He's getting better. He's making progress."

    Also held off the practice field were starting safety T.J. Ward (shoulder) and starting defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (calf).

    Also listed on the Browns injury report Wednesday were WR Travis Benjamin (thigh), LB Barkevious Mingo (lung) and CB Buster Skrine (shoulder).

    All three were limited in practice.

    Coaches say Mingo, who has been out of action since early on in the preseason, is expected to be able to play Sunday.

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    "He (Mingo) has been cleared to play," Chudzinski said. "We will get him out there in practice today, and we'll go from there."

    Chudzinski said Mingo's role on Sunday will be determinted later in the week, as the team assesses his recovery.

    No player on the injury report has been ruled out of playing Sunday yet, Chudzinski told reporters.

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