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Browns' starting defensive linemen sit out Wednesday

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By PFW staff

The Browns' listed starters along the defensive line — DLE Robaire Smith, NT Shaun Rogers and DRE Kenyon Coleman — were all slated to miss practice on Wednesday, head coach Eric Mangini said, according to the club.

Also, ORT John St. Clair, who reportedly suffered an ankle injury Sunday at Baltimore, was also to sit out practice, Mangini said, per the club.

Smith, 32, missed practice last Wednesday with an ankle injury, but he played Sunday vs. Baltimore and notched seven tackles. Rogers, 31, missed Week Three with ankle and hip injuries. Coleman's reason for missing practice is unknown.

The way we see it

Smith has been very productive early this season, recording 19 tackles, best among the club's defensive linemen. Rogers is listed as the starter, but Ahtyba Rubin has started all three games at nose tackle to begin this season. Coleman, 31, has played all three games, with two starts, and he has notched 10 tackles.

St. Clair, 33, was replaced by Tony Pashos in Week Three, and Pashos would get the call if St. Clair could not play Week Four vs. Cincinnati. The 30-year-old Pashos has made 55 NFL starts, so the Browns have some experienced options at right tackle.

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