Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney out vs. Chargers; Takk McKinley will start
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — The Browns (3-1) will face the Los Angeles Chargers (3-1) on Sunday without starting defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
A three-time Pro Bowl selection and blockbuster free-agent acquisition in April, Clowney entered the weekend listed as questionable to play because of an elbow injury.
The Browns ruled Clowney out Sunday when they announced their inactive players 90 minutes before kickoff. He didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday before participating Friday on a limited basis.
Takk McKinley will start in place of Clowney opposite All-Pro end Myles Garrett, the Browns announced. McKinley (ankle/knee) and Garrett (knee/ankle) were also listed as questionable, but they will play.
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Blake Hance will start at left tackle. Hance has never started an NFL regular-season game. He will replace Jedrick Wills Jr., whom the Browns downgraded to out Saturday because of the left ankle issues with which he has been dealing since a 33-29 season-opening loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 12.
Chris Hubbard would be starting in place of Wills if the versatile veteran offensive lineman hadn't suffered a triceps injury while filling in at left tackle versus the Chiefs. Hubbard tried to come back, but he shut it down after practicing Wednesday and decided Friday to undergo season-ending surgery. The Browns ruled out Hubbard against the Chargers on Friday.
Cleveland Browns inactive players vs. Chargers
The Browns announced the following players will be inactive Sunday: Clowney, Wills, Hubbard, rookie cornerback Greg Newsome II (calf, ruled out last week), rookie safety Richard LeCounte III, rookie linebacker Tony Fields II (shoulder) and rookie defensive tackle Tommy Togiai.
Greedy Williams will make his second consecutive start in place of Newsome.
In his first game back from injured reserve, Anthony Walker Jr. will start at middle linebacker. Walker missed the past three games with a hamstring injury.
In addition to McKinley and Garrett, Browns players who were labeled questionable but will play are nickelback Troy Hill (toe), tight end David Njoku (knee), linebacker Malcolm Smith (abdomen), center JC Tretter (knee, back) and cornerback Denzel Ward (neck).
The Browns announced three-time Pro Bowl left guard Joel Bitonio will serve as their game captain. Bitonio will play in his 100th regular-season game.
Los Angeles Chargers inactive players vs. Browns
The Chargers announced the following players will be inactive: running back Justin Jackson (groin), safety Trey Marshall, rookie tight end Tre’ McKitty, rookie offensive lineman Brenden Jaimes and quarterback Easton Stick.
Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Chris Hubbard vows to come back stronger from season-ending surgery
In an Instagram post Sunday, Hubbard ensured Browns fans he plans to continue his NFL career after rehabilitating from his upcoming triceps surgery.
Hubbard, though, is in his the final season of his contract with the Browns, so the team would need to re-sign him for him to complete a comeback with Cleveland next season.
"This game has taught me so many lessons in life," Hubbard wrote on Instagram. "I know that this is a hurdle that I know that I can jump. It just hurts to know that all the off-season work to get to this point is tough! I will come back stronger than before, until then I need my #Dawgpound family to hold it down! #InDueTime."
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