Browns links: Oniel Cousins set to start

Here are the morning headlines involving the Cleveland Browns:

  • The Browns are set to start converted tackle Oniel Cousins at right guard for the season opener, according to The Plain Dealer. The Browns lost their top two guards at that spot (Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston) to ankle injuries this month. “I have been pleased with how quickly he has made the transition,” coach Rob Chudzinski said of Cousins. “It’s not been perfect by any means, and he is still working and still needs to continue to work, but it has been relatively smooth.”

  • Chudzinski said some of his starters will make a brief appearance in the preseason finale Thursday night at Chicago, the Akron-Beacon Journal reports. “Generally, the guys who are with the ones would get 10-12 reps,” Chudzinski said.

  • First-rond pick Barkevious Mingo is improving from the bruised lung that has sidelined him since Aug. 15, according to the News-Herald. The rookie pass-rusher ran during a portion of practice Tuesday not open to reporters. There is no timetable for returning, but Chudzinski said Mingo will not have to go on the injured reserve-designated to return list.