RT Tony Pashos and OLB Chris Gocong Likely to Start Against Bengals

Cleveland Browns starting right tackle Tony Pashos took off his walking boot on Thursday and was involved in portions of practice. According to head coach Pat Shurmur, barring a setback, Pashos will be starting this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. "If practice goes well and the reports are that he’ll be ready to go then absolutely he’ll be the starter."

The left guard situation also seems settled, at least for Week 1:

I don’t want to say definitively, but right now Jason Pinkston’s taking most of if not all of the reps there.  The way we practice now, the one’s basically take all the reps when we’re working the Browns’ stuff and then really a lot of the reps that the backups get are when they’re working the cards against our defense and vice versa.

Seems pretty definitive to me: Pinkston will start.

Despite not seeing any action in the preseason due to injury, veteran linebacker Chris Gocong has been practicing and is expected to start in place of Kaluka Maiava. "I expect him to," said Shurmur in response to a question of whether Gocong would start or not. "He practiced yesterday and did well so he’ll be out there again today.  That’s kind of the litmus test for guys being in the game."

There was one position that Shurmur remained non-committal with, and that is safety. Perhaps that has to do with the fuss that Mike Adams threw when asked if he felt he should start. When asked about the possibility of Young starting, Shurmur stated, "We haven’t determined that at this point." He did say that there is a chance we could see both guys in the game pretty often, so maybe there will be a rotation/evaluation process going on until a final decision for the rest of the season is made.

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