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John Greco to IR: Is Jonathan Cooper the next man up?

Are troubling times ahead for the offensive line?

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The last thing the Cleveland Browns needed was an injury to the offensive line.

That’s exactly what the Browns are confronted with now.

The Browns placed right guard John Greco on the injured reserve yesterday with a foot injury suffered against the Giants on Sunday.

Greco joins fellow linemen Joel Bitonio and Austin Reiter on the injured list, leaving the Browns with a mishmash offensive line.

To replace the valuable lineman, the Browns signed Matt McCants, a veteran tackle from the Raiders.

With Greco out, the Browns have a few options at right guard. Perhaps the top option, is Jonathan Cooper, a 2013 first round pick. The former Cardinal was claimed by the Browns earlier this season, but the club has not used him much.

The other option is Alvin Bailey, who has seen significant time this season during the turnover at the position. The former Seahawks has performed adequately, but not spectacularly.

As the team’s site reported, the Browns will use the bye week to determine the next starter at right guard.

Whatever the team chooses, the Browns have a problem. The offensive line has blocked poorly this season, especially in pass protection. The Browns have allowed a league-worst 45 sacks. That equates to 3.75 sacks a game, and explains why no Browns’ quarterback can stay healthy.

Either way, we’ll soon see who the Browns choose to place at right guard.