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Seahawks-Browns matchup of the day: Thursday

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By Mike Wilkening

Here's a matchup to watch in Sunday's Seahawks-Browns game.

Seahawks' wide receivers vs. Browns' cornerbacks

CB Joe Haden, Cleveland's top defensive back, missed the Week Six game at Oakland with a knee injury, with Dimitri Patterson getting the start in his place. This week Haden has missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, though he has been able to run, head coach Pat Shurmur said. Also, rookie CB Buster Skrine (hip) sat out Thursday.

Said Shurmur on Haden and Skrine on Thursday: "At this point my feelings are that they'll both be there, and we have contingency plans if they're not."

If Haden and Skrine are out, rookie CB James Dockery will be the third cornerback, with Patterson and Sheldon Brown the starters. Patterson will be the third cornerback if Haden starts.

How the Browns cope with the height of the Seahawks' WR corps will be key. Sidney Rice (6-4, 202) and Mike Williams (6-5, 235) are the starters, with 6-1, 204-pound Ben Obomanu in reserve. Rice (15-226-1, 21 targets), who came to Seattle from Minnesota in free agency, has produced after missing the first two games. Williams (8-79-1) practiced on Wednesday and Thursday after having suffered a concussion. Obomanu has caught TD passes in each of the last two games.

The surprise of the Seahawks' WR corps is 5-10, 189-pound Doug Baldwin, who leads the club with 20 catches and 330 yards and has scored twice. Baldwin, who plays inside, is sure-handed and has shown a knack for getting open.

Of the Browns' top cornerbacks (Haden, Brown, Patterson), Haden is tallest at 5-11, with Brown and Patterson 5-10. Skrine, the fourth cornerback, is 5-9. Dockery is the Browns' tallest cornerback at 6-1, but he's the least experienced.

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