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Ward Has Thumb Surgery; Six Miss Practice with Injuries

It’s starting to look like the walking wounded in Berea, as six key players for the Browns missed practice on Monday as the team starts to look ahead to the Giants Sunday.

Among the missing were key receivers Josh Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin. Also not on the field was safety T.J. Ward, who had surgery on his right thumb.

“We’ll put the guys on the field that can play, make the roster as good as we can make it,” coach Pat Shurmur said. “If we have to use three tight ends, all right.”

Tight end Alex Smith also did not practice. He was inactive with a concussion Thursday during the loss to the Ravens.

“It’s the nature of the business,” quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “We’re hoping for good news on Mo, Josh and Travis. If not, the other guys will have to step up.”

Massaquoi also was inactive with a strained hamstring. Rookie Benjamin replaced him at wide receiver and filled in for Cribbs on special teams. Shurmur refused to disclose what kept Benjamin from practicing, though the fourth-round pick had his right knee wrapped on Friday.

Ward’s surgery was similar to what safety Ray “Bubba” Ventrone had after he broke his hand Sept. 9 in the season opener. Ventrone came back two weeks later.

“Same procedure Bubba had, and he’s back,” Shurmur said.

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