One of the few ways the Cleveland Browns could have a disappointing season would be if the franchise’s young players don’t develop.
•Quarterback Robert Griffin III went down with a shoulder injury in the season-opening loss to the Eagles. He is not a recent draft pick of the team, but at 26 and a former first-round pick of the Redskins he could still blossom into the star he looked like early in Washington. He is out at least eight weeks.
•Rookie defensive end Carl Nassib sustained a broken hand in the loss to the Ravens. A third-round pick after a consensus All-America season at Penn State, Nassib had three tackles, a sack and a pass defensed in the season-opener.
•Offensive lineman Cam Erving suffered a bruised lung. After being hospitalized, he is expected to miss a month or so. Erving was a first-round pick of the Browns in 2015 out of Florida State.
•Veteran quarterback Josh McCown also was hit with a shoulder injury, although that might end up having a positive consequence for the team long term as it leaves the Browns with little choice but to see what Cody Kessler, a rookie from USC, can do while he is out.
•Rookie receiver Corey Coleman broke a hand in practice. The 2016 first-round pick is expected to be out 4-6 weeks.
•A warrant was issued for the arrest of Josh Gordon, a former All-Pro receiver who is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s drug policy. Gordon is accused of failing to submit to a paternity test.
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