Browns missing starters Fujita, Rubin

Browns missing starters Fujita, Rubin
October 14, 2012, 12:01 pm
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FILE - This Sept. 9, 2012 file photo shows Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita looking on before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Cleveland. Fujita has criticized NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the way he has handled his suspension in the New Orleans Saints' bounty case. Fujita had his three-game suspension reduced to one on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, by Goodell, who sent the veteran a letter. Fujita says he's pleased Goodell acknowledged he never participated in the pay-for-hits program, but did not like the commissioner's "condescending tone" in a letter to the linebacker. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

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CLEVELAND (AP) Browns starting linebacker Scott Fujita and defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin will not play against Cincinnati because of injuries.

Fujita was listed on Cleveland's injury report this week with a shoulder/neck injury. He missed two practices during a week in which he slammed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his handling of the New Orleans' bounty scandal. With Fujita out, rookie James-Michael Johnson will make his first career start. He made his debut last week on special teams against the Giants.

Rubin, who had started Cleveland's previous 41 games, will be replaced by rookie John Hughes. Rubin sustained a lower leg injury against New York and did not practice this week.

The Bengals made a few changes on defense. Cornerback Terence Newman will start on the left side for Nate Clements, who will start at strong safety over Taylor Mays. Also, Robert Geathers will start at left defensive end for Carlos Dunlap.