You better be ready Jason Pinkston.
The prolonged absence of Eric Steinbach could end up lasting the entire season. If that wasn't bad enough, new back-up running back Brandon Jackson could miss the season as well after injuring his toe in the Browns second preseason game against the Lions. Jackson is in a cast right now and the toe needs to "settle down" until he can get back onto the field, according to Shurmur, and won't be back for an extended period.
Mary Kay Cabot is reporting that a back injury is the issue for Steinbach, and a toe issue is the culprit on Brandon Jackson. Steinbach is getting a second opinion on his back trying to determine if he needs surgery.
Shurmur noted that Jason Pinkston has "made tremendous progress" and will be penciled in as the starter if Steinbach misses time. You figure that Pinkston playing in between Alex Mack and the God/Human Wall that is Joe Thomas, would be a good learning experience.
As for who will fill in for Jackson, the Browns will probably lean on Hillis on passing downs and using Montario Hardesty earlier in the set of downs. Any way you slice it, Jackson's injury is a tough break for the Browns. He has been a great pick-up at this point, and I think we all hope that he gets healthy as soon as possible.