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The losses are piling up for the Browns 鈥?in the standings Authentic Chris Jones Jersey , and on the sideline.On Wednesday, two defensive starters were added to the stack.Cleveland placed linebacker Christian Kirksey and cornerback E.J. Gaines on injured reserve, ending their seasons with seven games remaining and putting further strain on a unit lacking quality depth and experience."Those two guys, they really set a precedent for what we wanted to do as a team, as a defense," said cornerback T.J. Carrie. "And, of course, they'll still be here sparingly in and out throughout the week, but it's a lot different when they were on the field fighting with you, blood, sweat and tears with you, through the trenches."We're going to definitely miss that. Those are two players that we can't replace."One of the team's captains, Kirksey injured his left hamstring in the second quarter Sunday as the Browns (2-6-1) lost their fourth straight game, 37-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.Gaines sustained his second concussion in three weeks when he took a knee to the helmet while trying to make a tackle in the first quarter.The loss of Kirksey is especially damaging because he's one of the team's leaders. The fifth-year pro has played on the weak side and in the middle this season, making 43 tackles and two interceptions."Kirko is kind of the heart and soul of the defense, heart and soul of the team in the locker room, on the field, just how he goes about his business," said linebacker Joe Schobert, a 2017 Pro Bowler who returned to practice after missing three games with a hamstring injury. "It's the next-man-up mentality, but there's things that you're going to miss."Schobert's return will help ease the loss of Kirksey Womens Sammy Watkins Jersey , and the Browns are expected to have defensive back Damarious Randall for Sunday's game against Atlanta after he missed last week's game with a groin injury.Linebacker Jamie Collins (ankle) and rookie cornerback Denzel Ward (hip) were limited in practice, but interim coach Gregg Williams expects both back on the field Thursday.Randall, who has played cornerback and free safety, felt he was healthy enough to play last week, but Williams kept him out so he would have the versatile defensive back for multiple games. Randall's absence became magnified when Ward and Gaines went down on the Chiefs' opening drive, forcing Williams to adjust his game plan against the NFL's most electrifying offense and play seldom-used reserves Denzel Rice and Tavierre Thomas."It's very hard," Carrie said of losing two key players. "It changes the game plan. It changes a lot of things because you can only give practice reps to so many guys, and so you get guys that come in and they're athletes, but it's hard when you don't know the schematics of the little details that we put in for that game."And, as luck would have it, the banged-up Browns will have to deal with a talented Atlanta team that has overcome its own injury issues and reeled off three straight wins.Needing seasoned secondary help, the Browns claimed Phillip Gaines off waivers from Buffalo and Jermaine Whitehead from Green Bay. To make roster room, Rice was waived.Gaines spent four years with Kansas City before signing with Buffalo. Whitehead played in 19 games with the Packers from 2016-18.Schobert's return is vital to Cleveland's defense as he's the one responsible for calling out Williams' pre-snap schemes and getting his teammates organized 鈥?an on-field coach.After missing three weeks, getting back on the field will be a welcomed change for Schobert, who had played every defensive snap since the start of the 2017 season until he got hurt on Oct. 21 at Tampa Bay."It is just different. It is weird," Schobert said of being inactive. "Especially with a hamstring. You just walk around on the sideline feeling good and watching people on the field thinking you can be out there 鈥?wishing you could be out there. You just have to kind of suck it up and take it into your own role however you can help a team in that aspect."That is what I was doing. Just kind of jumped right into more of a coaching aspect, trying to keep myself involved that way. I think it helped."NOTES: Rookie LT Desmond Harrison was limited in practice after missing last week's game with an undisclosed illness. Greg Robinson stepped in and played well in his first start for Cleveland. Williams hasn't decided who he'll play against the Falcons. "What we will do is every day is an interview and both of them are taking reps," he said. "By the end of the week, we will make what is best and it is good 鈥?the fact that you have depth. Guys can compete and get ready to roll." ... The Browns signed DB Juston Burris to the active roster off the Jets' practice squad. A fourth-round pick in 2016, he appeared in 34 games for New York.Kansas City Chiefs stock report after Week 1 STOCK UPWide receiver Tyreek Hill and quarterback Patrick MahomesLet’s get the obvious out of the way. Hill scored twice in the first quarter and again in the fourth. Mahomes threw four touchdowns, and appeared in full command of the game. These two might just be the most dynamic and exciting duo in the NFL... maybe even in NFL history before they’re done. That may sound like hyperbole , but there’s literally no ceiling on what these guys can do. Enjoy it.Linebacker Dee FordA sack and four quarterback hits for No. 55 show that Ford is healthy again. The plays he made in pursuit — both against the run and chasing the the quarterback — remind us of the unique speed he brings to the position. He’s still not stout enough against the run, but he was productive and disruptive against the Chargers. That’s a very good thing for the Chiefs defense.The Chiefs run defenseIt wasn’t a perfect game for the revamped front seven of the Chiefs, but they generally were very solid against the run. In 74 defensive snaps, they held Melvin Gordon to 64 yards rushing. Everyone got into the act, including Ford, Ron Parker, Derrick Nnadi, Chris Jones, Anthony Hitchens and Justin Houston. At least on the ground, the offseason focus on defense seems to be paying off.Wide receiver De’Anthony Thomas and fullback Anthony ShermanOn a team loaded with playmakers, advantages often come to guys that the opposing defense least expects to see touches. The misdirection on the goal line left DAT waltzing into the end zone, and one of the real highlights of the day was the beautiful pass from Mahomes to Sherman. Mahomes showed great faith in his fullback beating a linebacker down the field — even though Sherman was covered at the time he released it. Great offenses are able to spread the ball around. Role players like DAT and Sherman have to capitalize — and in week one, they did.Head coach Andy ReidThe head coach’s creativity was on full display. “Playing to the strengths of your players” sounds like a cliche, but it was clear that Reid had a great game plan for the Chargers, and the Bolts had no clue how to stop it.Formations like the play below — and the touchdowns to Thomas and Hill at the goal line — were works of art.Others trending in the right directionSteven Nelson, Derrick Nnadi, Dustin Colquitt, Spencer Ware, Ron Parker, Marcus Kemp and Chris JonesSTOCK DOWNLinebacker Terrance SmithMany were surprised that he was still on the roster, but he has some obvious value on special teams. However Authentic Steven Nelson Jersey , the fact that he’s in there on defense — and just running into blockers — is frustrating. I hope we see more of Dorian O’Daniel in the very near future when the Chiefs need an inside linebacker not named Ragland or Hitchens on the field.Running back Pat MahomesYes, you read that right - running back Patrick Mahomes.There’s no question the Chiefs have their game-changing franchise quarterback. At this point, the only thing that could derail his career would be getting hurt. Mahomes took some hits in this game — some of which were unnecessary. We love his aggression and willingness to move the chains. But he’s got to be more careful about sliding, pitching the ball on the option, and getting out of bounds when he should. The Chiefs versus running backs in the passing gameChargers running backs accounted for nearly half of Philip Rivers’ passing yards. The Chiefs aggression on defense hurt them on a number of screen passes. Rivers was also able to get the matchups he wanted down the field — like Austin Ekeler against Hitchens.Anyone trying to cover Keenan AllenAllen had a big game, catching eught passes on 11 targets for 108 yards and a touchdown. Most often, it was because Orlando Scandrick was either biting on the route for the touchdown, or just getting outplayed; Allen beat Fuller for the catch that set up the Chargers’ final touchdown. I actually think Scandrick (and Kendall Fuller, too) did some good things against the Chargers, but sometimes the guy lined up across from you is just better on that play. Others trending in the wrong directionDemarcus Robinson, Alex Ellis and the Chiefs’ tackling.STOCK FLATLinebacker Anthony HitchensHitchens was in on 15 tackles — two for a loss — against the Chargers. I saw a lot of fans on Twitter disparaging his coverage ability after giving up a touchdown to a running back. He also missed a couple tackles, as did the rest of the defense. But its plays like this one that re-affirmed Hitchens is who we thought he was: a real steadying force at the inside linebacker position. He’s got great instincts, can close, and loves to hit people. Anything he can do in coverage is gravy.Tight end Travis KelceI nearly put Kelce on the STOCK UP list, because this week, he showed signs of being a real, complete tight end; his blocking was on full display for many of the big offensive plays. But he only had one catch on six targets, and he was remarkably far short of the consistent production we’ve come to expect. It’s a safe assumption that the Chiefs might only be able to feature one or two of their playmakers each week. Kelce’s day is coming.Others who are who we thought they wereKareem Hunt, Sammy Watkins, Justin Houston

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