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Updated Sept. 26, 2010 @ 2:10 a.m. ET
NT Shaun Rogers and ILB D'Qwell Jackson have been two of the Browns' top defensive performers in recent years, but both have been hampered by injuries early this season, thus affecting their roles. Rogers played in Week One with an ankle injury and in Week Two with ankle and hip injuries, but he did not start, and he did practice leading up to the Week Three game at Baltimore. Ahtyba Rubin has continued to play well in Rogers' place, and the Browns have shown a willingness to use him more on passing downs, too. Rogers figures to be a key contributor if healthy, and perhaps at defensive end, too, but getting back to full strength will be key for him, we're told. Jackson, recovering from a pectoral injury, practiced on a limited basis early in Week Three but couldn't go Friday after feeling tightness and fatigue in his pectoral muscle. He was then surprisingly placed on injured reserve Saturday. With Jackson done for the season, Scott Fujita will likely have a chance to play inside 'backer more, and the Browns may choose to get the promising pass rusher Marcus Benard on the field more at outside linebacker, the way we hear it.