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Njoku, Kirksey and Randall all out as injury list continues to grow before Sunday night tilt.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns will be without three starters against the Los Angeles Rams for their return to Sunday Night Football.

And with the way the daily injury list keeps growing, a few more names made be added before kickoff.

The team announced on Friday that tight end David Njoku, linebacker Christian Kirksey and defensive back Damarious Randall have all been ruled out for the game:

Backup offensive tackle Kendall Lamm has also been ruled out of the game with the knee injury he suffered in the season-opening game against the Tennessee Titans. Normally that would not be a big deal, except that starting right tackle Chris Hubbard did not practice all week as he is in a walking boot for an ankle injury that occurred during the fourth quarter of the game against the Jets.

If that is not enough, the rest of the team’s injury list for the game is extensive and includes starting cornerbacks Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward, both dealing with hamstring issues; starting safety Morgan Burnett, who has a quadriceps injury; and wide receiver Rashard Higgins, who is still dealing with a knee injury from the game against the Titans.

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If the Browns have to rule out more starters before game time, or if some of the questionable players give it a go and have to exit the game, it will make an already difficult matchup that much harder.

But head coach Freddie Kitchens is not looking for excuses, as he told clevelandbrowns.com:

“I want whoever is at the game to play with passion. I want our fans to come with passion because I promise you the guys that dress up are going to play to the best of their ability, and we will see what happens. I do not want them worried about the scoreboard. I want them to worry about how they compete every play, and we will let the score take care of itself. I want to play smart, I want to play fast and I want to play physical, whoever is on the team. I will roll with whoever is there. I think we have enough guys who are willing to go out and play well, prepare well and put everything out there for 60 minutes or however long it takes.”

The Browns have made a couple of minor moves to fill the roster holes as the team claimed safety Juston Burris off waivers from the Oakland Raiders on Friday. Burris was a fourth-round draft pick by the Jets in 2016 and played with the Browns for the final four games of last season.

The team also promoted linebacker Willie Harvey off the practice squad on Saturday. Harvey is an undrafted free agent out of Iowa State who has now gone from a rookie minicamp tryout to a member of the Browns active roster.