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Browns center Mack has surgery
BEREA, OHIO (AP) - Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack underwent emergency surgery to have his appendix removed, one day after he felt sick but played all 87 snaps in Cleveland’s loss to Tennessee.
Also, Browns cornerback Joe Haden, arguably the team’s best player this season, sprained his left knee in Cleveland’s 31-13 loss. Shurmur said an MRI revealed the injury and he expects Haden to “miss some time.”
Wide receiver/return specialist Josh Cribbs also sprained his knee, but Shurmur characterized the injury to the Browns’ biggest playmaker as “slight.”
“We’ll see how it goes,” Shurmur said. “I wouldn’t want to speculate on time until after he has the surgery, so we’ll find out.”
The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Mack hasn’t missed a single play since the Browns drafted him in the first round in 2009, starting 36 consecutive games.
On Sunday, Mack never came off the field during the Browns’ 31-13 loss to the Titans.
“He’s tough as nails because he was feeling a little queasy,” said right tackle Tony Pashos, who watched a game on TV with Mack on Sunday night. “He was talking about some issues then, too, and I was like maybe it’s just something you ate.”
“The guy is tough,” Pashos said. “I don’t expect him to miss any time. He’s played with some injuries before and I think he’ll be all right.
“I’m not a doctor, but I know Alex.”
Haden has been credited with eight pass breakups this season, and losing him for any length of time would be a devastating blow to the Browns.
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