BEREA, Ohio (AP) -- Preparing to play Peyton Manning was challenging enough for the Cleveland Browns even before losing three more starters.
Coach Pat Shurmur said Friday that wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, tight end Jordan Cameron and defensive back Tashaun Gipson will not travel to Denver to play the Broncos (11-3).
With playoff hopes dashed and a losing season assured, the Browns (5-9) will try to halt Denver's nine-game winning streak. Going in with a depleted defense isn't the best way.
"It's definitely not what you hope for, but it seems like it's been that way all year," linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. "We lost Chris (Gocong) and Scott (Fujita) early and stuff piles up. Some of these young guys have played here and there and now they will get a full test. We believe in them."
But how much faith is reasonable against the top-rated quarterback in the AFC this year. The big year has brought Manning's career totals to 152 wins, 430 touchdowns and nearly 59,000 yards passing.