Browns linebacker Jabaal Sheard's foot injury not as serious as originally diagnosed

Browns linebacker Jabaal Sheard's foot injury is not as severe as originally feared and he could be back this season.

Sheard was injured on a non-contact play in Sunday's 23-7 loss to Houston. The Browns expected him to miss significant time, but coach Mike Pettine said Sheard got a second opinion that's "a little more encouraging." Pettine expects Sheard to be "down for a while" but is optimistic he'll be back at some point.

The Browns are expecting to be without inside linebacker Karlos Dansby for "upwards of a month" after he injured his left knee against the Texans. Pettine said Dansby, the team's leading tackler, is working hard to get back. Pettine has not ruled out Dansby for Sunday's game in Atlanta.

Browns Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron remains sidelined with a concussion sustained Oct. 26.

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