Cleveland Browns likely to start Oniel Cousins at right guard for Week 1

December 30, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns tackle Oniel Cousins (75) reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns were hit hard with injuries throughout the season and that has led to a less than ideal situation along their offensive line. The Browns lost interior linemen Shawn Lauvao and Jason Pinkston to high-ankle sprains, which leaves them needing a starting guard for Week 1 of the season.

Cue Oniel Cousins.

“He has the edge right now,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said, via the Akron Beacon-Journal. “I’ve been pleased with how quickly he’s made the transition. It’s not been perfect by any means, and he’s still working and still needs to continue to work. But it’s been relatively smooth.”

Cousins is capable of playing both tackle and guard, so his versatility led to a starting job in the season-opener. It will be just the sixth start in his career and only the second at guard.

The Browns close out their preseason on Thursday against the Chicago Bears, so it will be the time for Cousins to get his final reps before likely entering the year as an important player along the offensive line.

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