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DB Damarious Randall, LT Desmond Harrison inactive for Browns

CLEVELAND — The Browns will be without a key piece of their defense today as they try to slow down a Chiefs offense that leads the league with 36.3 points a game.

Free safety Damarious Randall tested his injured groin Sunday morning at FirstEnergy Stadium but was inactive. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

He didn’t practice during the week but said Friday he planned to play. He had fought through heel, ankle and groin injuries to start the first eight games and intercept two passes.

Briean Boddy-Calhoun is expected to start in his place and will be charged with keeping Kansas City receivers Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins in front of him.

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The Browns will also be without starting left tackle Desmond Harrison for the first time this year.

He missed practice Friday with an illness and is inactive.

Veteran Greg Robinson, the No. 2 pick of the Rams in 2014, will start for Harrison. Robinson has seen limited action as an extra lineman this season.

The Browns did get good news with receiver Antonio Callaway (ankle) being active. He didn’t practice Friday.

They also get back receiver Rashard Higgins (knee) after he missed three games.

Middle linebacker Joe Schobert (hamstring) will miss his third straight game.

Receiver Da’Mari Scott (shoulder), third quarterback Drew Stanton, tight end Pharaoh Brown and rookie defensive end Chad Thomas are also inactive.

For the Chiefs, inside linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ribs) is active. The Clearview High School graduate had been listed as questionable. He leads the Chiefs with 72 tackles and six for loss.

Kansas City will be without three starters in safety Eric Berry (heel), outside linebacker Justin Houston (hamstring) and center Mitch Morse (concussion).

Austin Reiter will start for Morse, joining fellow former Browns Mitchell Schwartz (right tackle), Cam Erving (left guard) and Andrew Wylie (right guard) on the line.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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