Browns linebackers Karlos Dansby, Jabaal Sheard suffer major injuries in loss to Texans

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The Browns may have lost starting linebackers Karlos Dansby and Jabaal Sheard for the season.

Dansby injured his left knee in Sunday's 23-7 loss to Houston and coach Mike Pettine said the 11-year veteran will be out for "upwards of a month," and it's possible he could be done for the year. Dansby, who signed as a free agent with Cleveland in March, leads the Browns in tackles and has been a leader on and off the field.

Sheard's foot injury could be more serious and his season is likely over. Pettine did not give specifics of the injury other than to say it involves a bone in Sheard's foot.

The losses of Dansby and Sheard, who will be an unrestricted free agent, further hurts Cleveland's defense, which lost end Phil Taylor to a season-ending knee injury last week.


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