Cleveland Browns to sign kicker as injuries continue to mount

The Cleveland Browns will reportedly sign kicker Cody Parkey after kicker Patrick Murray was the latest player added to the growing injury list on Friday.

Even by their normal standards things are getting pretty weird for the Cleveland Browns, who will most likely be without kicker Patrick Murray for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

In what can be described as the latest “Only in Cleveland” moment, Murray injured his left knee during the team’s walk-through practice on Friday and has been added to the injury report. It is the same knee that Murray suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in last season.

The Browns are reportedly signing former Philadelphia Eagles kicker Cody Parkey to fill in for Murray.

Parkey made the Pro Bowl in 2014 after converting 32-of-36 field goals, with a long of 54, and all of his extra points. He only appeared in three games with the Eagles last season before landing on injured reserve after tearing three muscles in his groin prior to a game.

Murray has made 1-of-2 field goals and 3-of-4 extra-point kicks this season. He missed a 52-yard field goal and had a low extra-point kick blocked Sunday in a 25-20 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

He is also not the only new addition to the injury report as cornerback Joe Haden is also listened as questionable with a groin injury.

While Haden may still give it a go against the Dolphins, the Browns will be without quarterback Josh McCown (shoulder/clavicle), wide receiver Corey Colema (hand), defensive lineman Carl Nassib (hand), safety Ibraheim Campbell (hamstring) and center Cameron Erving (bruised lung).

For the Dolphins, running back Arian Foster (groin) and center Mike Pouncey (hip) are out. Listed as questionable are defensive back Xavien Howard (knee), linebacker Jelani Jenkins (knee), defensive lineman Jason Jones (ankle), linebacker Koa Misi (shoulder) wide receiver DeVante Parker (hamstring).

Despite the injury list pushing the mantra of “next man up” into overdrive, head coach Hue Jackson is working to keep a positive attitude.

“These guys are resilient. I haven’t sensed one guy that has fallen off the boat,” Jackson said. “We know we have a big game this week. I give a lot of that credit to our veteran players. Those guys have done a great job in the locker room. Our coaches and our organization, we have done a good job of making sure that our guys understand that week is another opportunity.

“That is what this is all about. It is still so early in the season. We are just heading into Week 3. Like I said, we are just starting out. We have a long way to go.”

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