When Mike Pettine said after the first preseason that the Cleveland Browns had seemed to escape any serious injuries—at the time that was true.
On Sunday, the team announced that quarterback Connor Shaw sustained an injury to his right thumb that will require surgery. Shaw completed five of 10 passes for 64 yards in the game. He is expected to miss an extended period of time.
“I feel for Connor because he has worked extremely hard,” Pettine said. “He's a competitor and has had a great offseason and a good camp so far. He is good for the quarterback room and it's unfortunate that this injury won't allow him to compete.”
Shaw was an undrafted rookie from South Carolina who spent most of his rookie season on the Browns practice squad. He was elevated to the active roster and started the final game of the 2014 season against Baltimore.
Brown (6-2, 263) is in his seventh NFL season out of Florida State. Originally selected by the Panthers in the second round in 2009, Brown has appeared in 44 career games with the Panthers, Chargers, Cowboys and Redskins. He has totaled 63 tackles, seven sacks, three passes defensed, four forced fumbles and one interception. Last season, he appeared in six games with the Redskins.
Ross (6-0, 197) is in his eighth NFL season out of Texas. Originally selected by the Giants in the first round in 2007, Ross has appeared in 83 career games with the Giants and Jaguars. He has totaled 250 tackles, 41 passes defensed, 11 interceptions and 2.5 sacks. He helped the Giants to Super Bowl victories in 2007 and 2011. As a member of the Ravens, he missed all of last season with an Achilles injury.