Updated 7:20 p.m. ET Friday, Aug. 26
Injuries to Browns starting OLG Eric Steinbach and reserve RB Brandon Jackson could end the seasons of both players, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Friday.
Steinbach has a disc injury in his back, while Jackson has a toe injury. Neither played in Cleveland's preseason loss at Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Of Jackson, head coach Pat Shurmur noted he'll be out for an "extended period" and said, “He does not have a broken toe, but it’s going to take some time to settle down.”
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Jackson has turf toe and will be out six weeks.
Jackson started 13 games for Green Bay a season ago, rushing for 703 yards. He was signed to spell starter Peyton Hillis in Cleveland.
Steinbach, 31, has started 62-of-64 games for Cleveland since joining the club in 2007.
"At this point, he’s going through some treatments that we’re hoping we’ll get him back," Shurmur said of Steinbach. "There’s no real final call on when he’ll be back or not.”
The way we see it
The athletic Steinbach is a solid starter, and losing him would hurt the Browns' line. Rookie Jason Pinkston, who started vs. Philadelphia, would step into the lineup in Steinbach's place. Shurmur praised Pinkston's development Friday. "I’ll tell you what, Jason Pinkston has made huge, huge strides in three-plus weeks," Shurmur said.