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  • Browns Restructure Denzel Ward's Deal

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    The Cleveland Browns restructured Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward's deal on Thursday to clear $11.359 million in salary cap space for the 2024 season. The move puts the Browns under the new $255.4 million salary cap by around $3 million. They are still among the teams with the least cap space in the NFL heading into the start of free agency on March 13, and there will other players in the near future that Cleveland restructures. Among them could be quarterback Deshaun Watson for the third straight year, and receiver Amari Cooper. Ward's cap charge was $23.462 million and his base salary was $15.324 million, but now he'll get a big chunk of that cash up front. The 26-year-old Ward still has four years left on the five-year, $100.5 million extension he signed in 2022. He appeared in just 13 games in 2023 due to injuries but should bounce back in 2024 with better health.

    Feb 29 · Source via Cleveland Browns Denzel Ward
  • Browns' Joe Flacco, Za'Darius Smith To Test Free Agency

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    Despite a slew of injury troubles at the quarterback position (among others), the Browns managed to post a record of 11-6 and qualify for the postseason. Joe Flacco was a major part in that success, and he plans on playing through the 2025 campaign. The 39-year-old may not be in Cleveland for the next chapter of his […]

    Feb 27 · Pro Football Rumors Cleveland Browns Joe Flacco Za'Darius Smith
  • Deshaun Watson To Begin Throwing In March

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is set to begin throwing again in March, according to general manager Andrew Berry. The 28-year-old was placed on season-ending injured reserve following the Week 10 game against the Baltimore Ravens and underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder. Despite Watson's struggles in 12 games over two years with the franchise (14 touchdowns and nine interceptions), it seems the Browns are committed to rolling into the 2024 campaign with him under center. "He's worked his tail off in terms of his rehab and recovery," Berry said. "He's in a really good place. We're excited for when the spring hits and we can get him back on the field. He's making really good progress and we're really excited to see that continue." Watson has limited fantasy upside based on what we've seen over the last few seasons, but his QB22 price tag in early FFPC best ball drafts makes him an intriguing dice roll.

    Feb 27 · Source via Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Browns Not Planning RB Addition; Latest On Nick Chubb

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    With the new league year not far away, many teams around the NFL have begun restructures and cost-shedding releases to become cap compliant. In the case of the Browns, many have pointed to running back Nick Chubb as a potential cap casualty. Chubb has one year remaining on his deal, and he is due a non-guaranteed base […]

    Feb 22 · Pro Football Rumors Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb Jerome Ford Kareem Hunt Pierre Strong
  • Browns Need To Give Deshaun Watson More Weapons

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    The Cleveland Browns' vertical passing game didn't really take off until quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) was already out for the year with a shoulder injury in November of last year. Cleveland feels good having receiver Amari Cooper and tight end David Njoku leading their pass-catching group, but the rest of the bunch has plenty of question marks. The Athletic's Zac Jackson suggests that the Browns need more speed, and probably more size and consistency, at the position. They will almost certainly add to their receiver room in both March (in free agency) and in April (in the draft). Veteran slot man Elijah Moore certainly didn't make as much of an impact as the front office expected him to when they acquired him from the New York Jets.

    Feb 22 · Source via Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Nick Chubb Could Be Salary Cap Casualty

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    The Cleveland Browns want to keep running back Nick Chubb (knee) around, but he's also recovering from two surgeries on his injured knee this offseason and is due to carry a salary cap charge of just under $16 million in 2024, the final year of his contract and his age-28 season. The Browns would take on around $4 million in dead money if they were to cut Chubb. The Athletic's Zac Jackson points out that Chubb's contract was structured long before his injury. When healthy, Chubb has been one of the league's best RBs, but the Browns also need to account for every penny on their salary cap now and into the foreseeable future. Chubb will mostly likely be back in 2024, but he'll be a risk/reward fantasy selection coming off a gruesome knee injury early last year.

    Feb 22 · Source via Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb
  • Browns QB Deshaun Watson To Resume Throwing In March

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    Deshaun Watson‘s second Browns campaign (and first one with full-season availability) did not go according to plan. Recurring injuries left the Pro Bowl quarterback in and out of the lineup before he was ultimately shut down for the year. A key step in his rehab is not far away, though. Watson is set to resume […]

    Feb 19 · Pro Football Rumors Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Deshaun Watson On Track In Rehab From Shoulder Surgery

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is on track in his rehab schedule from shoulder surgery and may even be a little bit ahead, and he will begin throwing in March, according to a league source. Watson had surgery on Nov. 21 to fix a fractured right shoulder socket. It's great news for his participation at least on a limited basis for the team's offseason workouts, which begin on April 15. Watson has started working out and has talked with some of his receivers about working out together in the offseason. The 28-year-old fractured his right shoulder in Week 10 and only played in six games in his second year in Cleveland, throwing for 1,115 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. It was surely a disappointing season for Watson, but with better health, he has clear rebound potential while working with new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey in 2024.

    Feb 19 · Source via Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Joe Flacco Not Expected To Return To Browns

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    Cleveland Browns impending free-agent quarterback Joe Flacco made an improbable run late in the season to earn the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year award while taking the team to the postseason, but he's almost definitely moving on this offseason, according to The Athletic's Zac Jackson. Deshaun Watson will be returning from his shoulder injury as the starter under center in 2024, and while last year was a disappointment in his second year in Cleveland, he did have some big moments as well. In five regular season games, Flacco threw for 1,616 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions for the Browns after many thought his career was essentially over. The performance should land him a backup role somewhere in 2024, but it's unlikely to be in Cleveland.

    Feb 15 · Source via Cleveland Browns Joe Flacco
  • Browns Expected To Extend HC Kevin Stefanski, GM Andrew Berry

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    The Browns dealt with a slew of injuries on offense in particular during the 2023 campaign, but they still managed to qualify for the postseason. In the wake of that performance, continuity on the sidelines and in the front office is expected. Head coach Kevin Stefanski and general manager Andrew Berry are each in line for extensions this offseason, […]

    Feb 13 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb Joe Flacco Deshaun Watson
  • Kevin Stefanski Wins Coach Of The Year

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    Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski was named the 2024 NFL Coach of the Year on Thursday. It was the second time in his career that he's won the award. The 41-year-old beat out Houston Texans first-year head coach DeMeco Ryans on a tiebreaker. Stefanski led Cleveland to an 11-6 record in 2023, which was pretty impressive, considering the team lost quarterback Deshaun Watson (shoulder) and running back Nick Chubb (knee) to injuries during the year. They also lost their top three offensive tackles but still managed to make the postseason before losing to the Texans in the wild-card round. The Browns started five different QBs last season, ultimately finishing with veteran Joe Flacco, who was named the league's Comeback Player of the Year.

    Feb 9 · Source via Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb Joe Flacco Deshaun Watson
  • Myles Garrett Named Defensive Player Of The Year

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    Cleveland Browns pass-rusher Myles Garrett was named the 2023 NFL Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday after a dominant campaign. Garrett was an anchor for the Browns' strong defense last season. The 28-year-old All-Pro finished with 42 tackles (33 solo), 14 sacks, 17 tackles for loss, 30 QB hits, four forced fumbles and a fumble recovery in 16 regular season contests. It was his sixth straight season with double-digit sacks and his third straight season with at least 14 sacks. Garrett hasn't shown any signs of slowing down and should once again be one of the most feared pass-rushers in the league in 2024. He'll also be one of the first defensive linemen off the board in IDP fantasy drafts.

    Feb 9 · Source via Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett
  • Joe Flacco Named Comeback Player Of The Year

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Joe Flacco was named the 2023 NFL Comeback Player of the Year on Thursday. Flacco was a free agent for most of the season before the Browns signed him late in the year due to a season-ending injury to starter Deshaun Watson (shoulder). The 39-year-old eventually won the starting job and went 4-1 down the stretch to lead the team to the postseason. In those five starts, he threw for 1,616 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions before the team ultimately lost in the wild-card round of the playoffs. The 2023 resurgence has given Flacco the passion to continue playing in 2024. It's uncertain if Cleveland will actually re-sign him, but Flacco's performance this past season should at least have the Browns considering him as insurance again for Watson.

    Feb 9 · Source via Cleveland Browns Joe Flacco
  • Joe Flacco Intends To Play In 2024

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Joe Flacco, who is a Comeback Player of the Year finalist, intends to play next season in the NFL. Flacco is an impending free agent and will most likely have to settle for a backup role. However, the 39-year-old proved that he can still lead an offense after taking over under center in Cleveland in Week 13 and leading the team to a playoff berth in the absence of Deshaun Watson (shoulder). The Browns came up short in the wild-card round against the Houston Texans, but Flacco surpassed expectations, throwing for 1,616 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in five starts to close out the year. It's possible the Browns re-sign Flacco to serve as insurance for Watson, but either way, Flacco isn't going to be on the fantasy radar to begin the 2024 season.

    Jan 31 · Source via Cleveland Browns Joe Flacco
  • Kareem Hunt Undergoes Sports-Hernia Surgery

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    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (hernia) recently had sports-hernia surgery to fix a ruptured adductor, according to sources. Hunt played in 15 games in his fifth year with the Browns in 2023, but he was listed on the injury report often with a groin injury and averaged a career-low 3.0 yards per carry on 135 attempts for 411 rushing yards and a career-high nine rushing TDs in the regular season. He added a career-low 15 receptions for 84 yards through the air. The 28-year-old's lower numbers now make more sense, but he still had plenty of fantasy appeal as a flex play because of his red-zone usage and nose for the end zone. Hunt could be more effective with better health in 2024, but he's also scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His fantasy appeal will depend on where he lands, and there's a good chance it won't be in Cleveland.

    Jan 30 · Source via Cleveland Browns Kareem Hunt
  • Browns Hire Ken Dorsey As Offensive Coordinator

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    The Cleveland Browns hired former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey to be their next offensive coordinator on Sunday, according to sources. Dorsey will replace Alex Van Pelt, who served as the Browns' offensive coordinator for the last four seasons. However, head coach Kevin Stefanski has called the offensive plays for the team since taking over in 2020. The Bills fired Dorsey on Nov. 14 after the team got off to a 5-5 start. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2022 when his predecessor, Brian Daboll, took the head-coaching job with the New York Giants. Under Dorsey, Buffalo's offense failed to score more than 25 points from Week 5 through his firing after Week 10 as turnovers plagued quarterback Josh Allen and the offense. Dorsey will now be charged with helping Deshaun Watson regain his form after two inconsistent seasons in Cleveland.

    Jan 29 · Source via Coaching Carousel Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Browns To Hire Ken Dorsey As OC

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    Coordinator dominoes continue to fall around the league. The Browns are set to hire Ken Dorsey as their new OC, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Dorsey began his pro coaching career with the Panthers in 2013, but his first coordinator gig came about during his four-plus years on the Bills’ staff. From 2019-21, he served […]

    Jan 29 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Browns, Eagles Request OC Interviews With Chargers' Kellen Moore

    With Jim Harbaugh now in place as head coach of the Chargers, the team’s coordinator positions could soon be subject to changes. OC Kellen Moore faces an uncertain future, but he is drawing outside interest. Both the Browns and Eagles have requested an interview with Moore for their respective OC openings, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. It will […]

    Jan 25 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Los Angeles Chargers Cleveland Browns Philadelphia Eagles
  • Browns To Interview Brian Johnson For OC

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    Cleveland’s ongoing search for a new offensive coordinator will include interest in ex-Eagles OC Brian Johnson. The Browns will interview Johnson today, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports. The Eagles, as expected, have moved on from Sean Desai as well as Johnson as part of their staff overhaul. The latter was in place as Philadelphia’s quarterbacks coach for […]

    Jan 25 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Browns, Eagles Request To Interview Kellen Moore

    The Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles have requested permission to interview Los Angeles Chargers offensive coordinator Kellen Moore for their offensive-coordinator positions, according to sources. With Jim Harbaugh officially signing a five-year deal to become the next Chargers' head coach, the Bolts are expected to let Moore speak with other teams. The 35-year-old came to LA last offseason after four seasons running the Dallas Cowboys' offense. Under Moore and head coach Brandon Staley in 2023, the Chargers' offense stalled, finishing 18th in total yards and 21st in points scored. Back in 2019, the Cowboys finished first in yards and sixth in points scored with Moore as their offensive coordinator. The Browns fired Alex Van Pelt and the Eagles fired Brian Johnson after the 2023 season.

    Jan 25 · Source via Coaching Carousel Cleveland Browns Philadelphia Eagles
  • Duce Staley Expected To Join Browns Coaching Staff

    Running backs coach Duce Staley has informed the New York Jets that he's expecting to join the Cleveland Browns' coaching staff as their running backs coach, according to a source. Staley had recently met with the Jets to discuss their RBs coach vacancy. He was with the Philadelphia Eagles from 2011-2020 and joined the Detroit Lions as assistant head coach and running backs coach in 2021 and then held the same position for the Carolina Panthers to begin the 2023 season before being fired on Nov. 27, along with head coach Frank Reich and quarterbacks coach Josh McCown. Staley will be taking over for RBs coach Stump Mitchell, who was fired alongside offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt and tight ends coach T.C. McCartney after the team's loss in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

    Jan 24 · Source via Coaching Carousel Cleveland Browns
  • Browns Add Lucas Havrisik On Futures Deal

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    The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent kicker Lucas Havrisik to a Reserve/Futures deal on Wednesday. The Los Angeles Rams cut Havrisik on New Year's Day after he went 15-for-20 on his field-goal attempts and 19-for-22 on extra-point tries in nine games in his first NFL season. The 24-year-old was not very consistent in his first year in the league and will be hoping to compete for a roster spot with Cleveland entering training camp this summer and the preseason. The Browns used Dustin Hopkins for most of the 2023 campaign, but they had to pivot and sign Riley Patterson, who kicked for the Detroit Lions earlier in the season, when Hopkins was injured near the end of the regular season.

    Jan 24 · Source via Cleveland Browns Lucas Havrisik Dustin Hopkins Riley Patterson
  • Browns GM expects Chubb back, wants Flacco

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    Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry said he expects running back Nick Chubb to be on the roster next season and that he would "absolutely love" to have quarterback Joe Flacco return, as well.

    Jan 23 · ESPN Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb Joe Flacco
  • Browns Open To Bringing Back Joe Flacco

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    During a Monday media availability, Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry said the team is open to bringing quarterback Joe Flacco back for the 2024 season. The 39-year-old signed with Cleveland's practice squad in late November, following Deshaun Watson's season-ending shoulder injury. Quarterbacks P.J. Walker and Dorian Thompson-Robinson struggled, so Flacco was brought in as veteran competition. Flacco started five regular-season games this year, winning four of them while throwing for 1,616 yards, 13 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. He struggled in the AFC wild-card loss to the Houston Texans, throwing two pick-sixes. However, he showed he can still lead an offense. "We'd absolutely love to have Joe back, he's a good quarterback," Berry said. "I guess maybe a little bit similar to Jacoby Brissett last year. It depends, right? I want to bring all of our good players back, but there are constraints to that. Would have no problem having Joe back." It sounds like Flacco would be Watson's backup in 2024 if he's retained, but he'd be worth rostering in two-QB or superflex leagues, given Watson's recent slew of injury concerns.

    Jan 22 · Source via Cleveland Browns Joe Flacco
  • Browns Intend To Bring Nick Chubb Back

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    Cleveland Browns general manager Andrew Berry said the intention is to bring running back Nick Chubb (knee) back for the 2024 season despite his contract situation and serious knee injury. The Browns have an out in Chubb's contract this offseason for only a $4 million dead salary cap hit, and he would carry a $15.8 million cap hit for 2024. If the two sides are intent on running it back, it's likely they'll come to an agreement on a contract restructure for next season. The 28-year-old suffered a torn left ACL early in the 2023 campaign but is no longer using crutches and could be ready to go for the start of the 2024 regular season, barring any setbacks this offseason. If Chubb is ready to go for the start of next season, he'll be a bit more risky as an RB1 in fantasy coming off his serious knee injury.

    Jan 22 · Source via Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb
  • Ken Dorsey Interviews For Browns' OC Position

    Sean McDermott moved on from both Leslie Frazier and Ken Dorsey in 2023, with the latter move preceding a late-season surge. But Dorsey had helped the Bills produce high-end offensive work during his 1 1/2-season tenure as the team’s play-caller. Both he and Frazier are on the interview circuit this year. The Browns met with […]

    Jan 21 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Cleveland Browns
  • Browns Interview Ken Dorsey For Offensive-Coordinator Job

    The Cleveland Browns interviewed former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey this past week for the vacant offensive-coordinator position, according to sources. Dorsey played quarterback for the Browns for three seasons and started three games for the team in 2008. He was fired by the Bills in November following their Week 10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. Dorsey was in his second season as the team's offensive coordinator after he had been promoted from passing-game coordinator/quarterbacks coach to replace Brian Daboll, who had left to become the New York Giants' head coach. The Bills finished second in points and second in total yards in 2022 under Dorsey. If he were hired in Cleveland, he would be unlikely to call plays for the Browns, as head coach Kevin Stefanski has that role on game days.

    Jan 21 · Source via Coaching Carousel Cleveland Browns
  • Browns, Jets Interested In Duce Staley

    The Browns moved on from running backs coach Stump Mitchell on Wednesday as part of the staff changes which included offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt‘s firing. Duce Staley is on Cleveland’s radar to replace the former, but the team is set to have competition. Staley interviewed with the Browns this week for their vacant RBs coach position. He could very […]

    Jan 21 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Cleveland Browns New York Jets
  • Alex Van Pelt Out As Browns Offensive Coordinator

    Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said he's been relieved of his duties. "On to the next one. Proud of my time there," Van Pelt said. The Browns also fired running backs coach Stump Mitchell and didn't renew the contract of tight ends coach T.C. McCartney. Browns spokesperson said earlier on Wednesday that Van Pelt "remains under contract and no final decisions yet." Van Pelt held the title of offensive coordinator since 2020 and was the quarterbacks coach for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers before that. Despite starting five different quarterbacks this season, the Browns finished 11-6 during the regular season and made the playoffs with veteran Joe Flacco running the offense. It came to an abrupt end during the wild-card round, though, in a 45-14 loss to the Houston Texans.

    Jan 17 · Source via Coaching Carousel Cleveland Browns
  • Deshaun Watson To Start For Browns In 2024; Latest On QB's Recovery

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    The Browns relied on Joe Flacco to close out the season and into the wild-card round in the wake of numerous injuries under center. The former Super Bowl MVP does not intend to retire any time soon, but a continued Browns tenure would not involve him maintaining his starting position. Head coach Kevin Stefanski confirmed (via ESPN’s Jake Trotter) […]

    Jan 15 · Pro Football Rumors Cleveland Browns Joe Flacco Dorian Thompson-Robinson Deshaun Watson
  • Browns: Watson will be 'ready to roll' by spring

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    Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said Sunday that Deshaun Watson remains on track to return this spring from the right shoulder surgery he underwent in November.

    Jan 15 · ESPN Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson
  • Browns RB Kareem Hunt To Test Free Agency, Open To Return

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    The Browns were put in a terrible position when star running back Nick Chubb went down with multiple knee ligament tears only two weeks into the 2023 season, forcing the team to navigate 16 more weeks of football without him. Cleveland was fortunate that a former member of a formidable 1-2 punch with Chubb, Kareem […]

    Jan 15 · Pro Football Rumors Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb Kareem Hunt
  • Kareem Hunt Interested In Re-Signing With Browns

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    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt remains interested in re-signing with the team during the upcoming offseason, he told Jake Trotter of ESPN. The veteran "loves the organization" but does intend to consider other opportunities outside of Cleveland this offseason, too. Hunt joined the Browns prior to Week 3 in an effort to bolster the backfield after Nick Chubb (knee) tore his ACL. Although Jerome Ford was the team's lead running back, Hunt led the way with nine rushing touchdowns. He also contributed 411 rushing yards and 84 receiving yards. Even if he re-signs with Cleveland, the veteran will likely be buried in a depth role behind Chubb and Ford.

    Jan 14 · Source via Cleveland Browns Kareem Hunt
  • Browns Approaching Offseason With Deshaun Watson As Starter

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    The Cleveland Browns are entering the offseason with the mindset that Deshaun Watson (shoulder) is their starting quarterback, head coach Kevin Stefanski told the media. The position proved to be a revolving door for the Browns this season as they started five different players. Walker started six of the Browns' nine games, completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,115 yards, seven touchdowns, and four interceptions. He also added 142 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown, and two lost fumbles. Several injuries to Watson, including a season-ending shoulder issue, prompted the Browns to experiment with P.J. Walker and Dorian Thompson-Robinson, but neither of them produced great results. Veteran Joe Flacco took over in Week 13 and would start the next five games before Jeff Driskel got the nod in the regular-season finale. Flacco completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 1,616 yards, 13 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. With that said, Flacco is set to hit free agency this offseason and the Browns will return to Watson once he's healthy, presumably due to the fact that they gave up six draft picks (including three first-rounders) for him and then signed him to a five-year, $230 million deal. He ranks as a fantasy QB2 heading into the 2024 campaign.

    Jan 14 · Source via Cleveland Browns Deshaun Watson
  • David Njoku Goes For 93 Yards In Playoff Loss

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    Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku caught seven of his 11 targets for 93 yards in a 45-14 loss to the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. Njoku wound up leading the team in targets and receiving yards in the loss, capping off an extraordinary late-season run for the athletic tight end. Njoku wound up turning in a career year this past season, setting career-highs in catches (81), yards (882), and touchdowns (six). Njoku showed excellent chemistry with veteran quarterback Joe Flacco, who targeted the big tight end heavily over his six-game stretch of starts. The veteran will be back as Cleveland's starting tight end for the 2024 season, although he will likely go back to catching passes from Deshaun Watson and not Flacco.

    Jan 14 · Source via Cleveland Browns David Njoku
  • David Bell Catches Eight Passes In Playoff Loss

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver David Bell caught all eight of his targets for 54 yards in a 45-14 playoff loss to the Houston Texans on Saturday. Bell wound up leading the Browns in catches while finishing fourth on the team in receiving yards in the loss on Saturday afternoon. The second-year receiver came on strong over the final month of the season, catching 16 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns across the past five games (including the playoff loss to Houston). With a strong offseason, Bell could open the 2024 campaign as the team's No. 3 receiver behind Amari Cooper and Elijah Moore. He's worth stashing in deeper dynasty leagues this offseason.

    Jan 14 · Source via Cleveland Browns David Bell
  • Elijah Moore Held To Two Catches In Playoff Loss

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Elijah Moore caught both of his targets for 12 yards in a 45-14 loss to the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. Moore was quiet in Cleveland's disappointing loss, finishing behind Harrison Bryant and David Bell in receiving. The veteran wideout caps off an up-and-down first season with Cleveland with a career-high 640 receiving yards but just two touchdowns. Moore's numbers took a hit when Joe Flacco took over as quarterback as the veteran QB preferred concentrating his targets on David Njoku and Amari Cooper. Moore's numbers could improve in 2024 with Deshaun Watson expected to return to the QB1 spot next season as the two showed nice chemistry together in the early portions of the season.

    Jan 14 · Source via Cleveland Browns Elijah Moore
  • Amari Cooper Held In Check In Wild-Card Loss

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper caught four of his five targets for 59 yards in a 45-14 loss to the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. Cooper was held in check just a few weeks after he shredded this very same Houston secondary for 265 receiving yards on Christmas Eve. The veteran receiver came into the game dealing with a heel injury that held him out of the previous two games and he did appear to be favoring it at times on the field on Saturday. Cooper remains under contract with the Browns for the 2024 season and will be returning as the team's No. 1 receiver after posting a career-high 1,250 receiving yards this past season.

    Jan 14 · Source via Cleveland Browns Amari Cooper
  • Kareem Hunt Scores Twice In Wild-Card Loss

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    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt carried the ball eight times for 26 yards and a touchdown while adding five catches for nine yards and a second touchdown in a 45-14 loss to the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. Hunt provided the only offense for the Browns in the lopsided loss as he scored both of his touchdowns in the first half on Saturday afternoon. Hunt was signed by Cleveland after Nick Chubb's season-ending knee injury in Week 2 and is slated to become an unrestricted free-agent yet again this offseason. It remains to be seen whether the Browns show interest in bringing him back as it would likely depend on how Chubb is progressing in his rehab this offseason.

    Jan 14 · Source via Cleveland Browns Kareem Hunt
  • Jerome Ford Quiet In Playoff Loss

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    Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Ford carried the ball nine times for 17 yards and added four catches for 15 yards in a 45-14 loss to the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. Ford was quiet in his first playoff game as the Browns fell behind 24-14 at halftime and had to shift to a pass-first approach in the second half. Ford turned in a solid effort as Cleveland's lead back after the team lost Nick Chubb to a season-ending knee injury in Week 2. Chubb is likely to be back at some point early in the 2024 season but Ford has certainly earned himself a role as the No. 2 running back in Cleveland moving forward. With Chubb set to become a free-agent after next season, Ford remains an interesting long-term asset in dynasty formats.

    Jan 14 · Source via Cleveland Browns Jerome Ford
  • Joe Flacco Throws Two INTs In Playoff Loss

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Joe Flacco completed 34 of his 46 passes for 307 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions while adding three carries for 13 yards in a 45-14 loss to the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. Flacco's final stat line doesn't look too bad but both of his interceptions were momentum killers. The veteran quarterback threw pick-sixes on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter, turning a 24-14 deficit into a 38-14 deficit. Flacco turned in some magical moments in his late-season tenure as Cleveland's starting quarterback but it is safe to assume that Deshaun Watson will be back as the team's starter in the 2024 season. A pending free-agent, Flacco could remain in Cleveland as a backup or try to catch on as a bridge option somewhere else this offseason.

    Jan 14 · Source via Cleveland Browns Joe Flacco
  • Joel Bitonio Returns On Saturday

    Cleveland Browns left guard Joel Bitonio (ankle) has returned to Saturday's playoff game against the Houston Texans. The star guard was forced out of action for some time during the first half. Luckily, Bitonio was able to return to the field before halftime. That being said, Bitonio should be fine to play in the second half. That is great news for the Browns offense that will need to step it up in the second half of this game.

    Jan 13 · Source via Cleveland Browns
  • Joel Bitonio Questionable To Return On Saturday

    Cleveland Browns left guard Joel Bitonio (ankle) is currently listed as questionable to return to Saturday's playoff game against the Houston Texans. The star guard suffered an ankle issue during the first half of this game. He went to the locker room to be further evaluated. Bitonio jogged out of the locker room, but we'll see if he returns or if the Browns are going to wait until after halftime. In the meantime, Michael Dunn figures to get a majority of the snaps at left guard.

    Jan 13 · Source via Cleveland Browns
  • Pierre Strong Jr. Inactive On Saturday

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    Cleveland Browns running back Pierre Strong Jr. (back) has been ruled out ahead of Saturday's Wild-Card game against the Houston Texans. Strong was considered questionable heading into this game due to a back issue. The Browns have decided to take the cautious approach and hold him out of this game. His absence won't have a huge impact on the running game for Cleveland. The expectation is that Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt will see basically all the carries in the backfield.

    Jan 13 · Source via Cleveland Browns Pierre Strong
  • 'I want to make Cleveland a winner': Why Myles Garrett won't be denied this season

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    Garrett has always been a dominant individual pass-rusher, but this season he has become the leader the Browns needed.

    Jan 12 · ESPN Cleveland Browns Myles Garrett
  • Riley Patterson A Solid Option In Wild-Card Round

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    Cleveland Browns kicker Riley Patterson will appear in his third game for the team in Saturday's playoff game against the Houston Texans. Patterson, who is kicking in place of the injured Dustin Hopkins (hamstring), will go up against a Houston defense that allowed the 11th-most fantasy points per game to the kicker position during the regular season. Across 15 games between the Detroit Lions and Cleveland, Patterson had made 16 of his 18 field-goal attempts. He can be considered as a decent flex option in DFS contests that utilize kickers this weekend.

    Jan 11 · Source via Cleveland Browns Riley Patterson
  • David Njoku A Top Fantasy Tight End For Wild-Card Round

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    Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku finished the regular season on a high note as he went for at least 91 receiving yards in three of his final four games while catching four touchdowns over that span. He will look to keep it going in the first round of the NFL playoffs against the Houston Texans on Saturday. Njoku caught six passes for 44 yards and a touchdown back when these two teams met in Week 16 and will be a primary piece in the Cleveland passing attack on Saturday. Houston struggled against tight ends in the regular season as they allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to the position. Njoku is in play as the top overall fantasy tight end for DFS contests this weekend.

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  • Elijah Moore A WR3 In Wild-Card Round

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Elijah Moore will head on the road to take on the Houston Texans in the first round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday. In Week 17, Moore was on his way to his best game in a Cleveland uniform before a concussion knocked him out of action. He is fully cleared from the league's protocol and will be good to go as Cleveland's No. 2 WR on Saturday. The Texans were shredded by Amari Cooper back when these two teams played in Week 16, so there's a chance that they focus their defense on making sure that doesn't happen again. If that is the case, Moore should have extra work sent his way as the Browns look to advance in the playoffs. Treat Moore as a solid WR3 in DFS contests this weekend.

    Jan 11 · Source via Cleveland Browns Elijah Moore
  • Amari Cooper An Excellent Option In Wild-Card Round

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (heel) is listed without an injury designation heading into his team's wild-card round road matchup against the Houston Texans. Cooper had a career day back when these two teams met in Week 16, popping off for 11 catches, 265 yards, and two touchdowns. He will look to repeat the performance on Saturday as the Browns try to advance in the playoffs. The Texans are likely to focus their efforts on slowing Cooper this weekend but the wideout and Joe Flacco have shown excellent rapport together this season, so their efforts may be in vain. Cooper is in play as a top-three DFS option at the receiver position this weekend.

    Jan 11 · Source via Cleveland Browns Amari Cooper
  • Kareem Hunt A Touchdown-Or-Bust Option In Wild-Card Round

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    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) missed practice to start the week but was upgraded to a limited session on Wednesday and practiced fully on Thursday as he gears up to face off against the Houston Texans in the first round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday. Hunt is listed without an injury designation heading into Saturday and should be fresh after seeing just one touch in a Week 18 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The Texans represent a tough matchup for Hunt as they allowed just the 19th-most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs in the regular season. Hunt has been very touchdown-dependent as a fantasy asset this season and will need to find the end zone again this weekend to return value in DFS contests. He's on the radar as a low-end RB2 for weekend slates.

    Jan 11 · Source via Cleveland Browns Kareem Hunt
  • Jerome Ford Draws Tough First-Round Matchup

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    Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Ford should be well-rested after he handled just five touches in a Week 18 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The second-year running back will now head on the road to take on the Houston Texans in the first round of the NFL playoffs. Ford draws a difficult matchup this weekend as the Texans allowed just the 19th-most fantasy points per game to running backs in the regular season. That being said, Ford has been active in Cleveland's passing game, so he should be a decent fantasy options in full PPR sites. Ford is on the board as a top-12 fantasy running back in DFS this weekend.

    Jan 11 · Source via Cleveland Browns Jerome Ford
  • Marquise Goodwin Will Play Against Texans

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (knee) returned to a full practice on Thursday and was removed from the final injury report before Saturday's playoff contest against the Houston Texans. Goodwin was held out of the Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals but will return and could have an expanded role with rookie Cedric Tillman (concussion) already ruled out. Still, fantasy managers playing DFS during wild-card weekend should avoid Goodwin, as Amari Cooper (heel), Elijah Moore and David Bell will operate in three-wide sets alongside tight end David Njoku. It would be a pretty big surprise if Goodwin did much of note for fantasy managers to get excited about this weekend.

    Jan 11 · Source via Cleveland Browns Marquise Goodwin
  • Amari Cooper Cleared To Play On Wild-Card Weekend

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (heel) was able to practice in full on Thursday and was removed from the final injury report for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Houston Texans. Cooper didn't join the team for practice on Tuesday or Wednesday but said he probably could have played in the Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. The 29-year-old was held out of the final two regular season contests after catching 11 passes for a franchise-record 265 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Texans back in Week 16. Those that spend up on him in DFS will be hoping for an encore performance back in Houston for Cleveland's No. 1 wideout. It helps Cleveland's offense that Houston's defensive line is pretty beat up entering this rematch.

    Jan 11 · Source via Cleveland Browns Amari Cooper
  • Browns Defense Draws Difficult Playoff Matchup

    The Cleveland Browns defense turned in an excellent regular season. They allowed the second-fewest passing yards in the league while finishing sixth with 49 sacks and third with 18 interceptions. They will head on the road to face off against the Houston Texans in the first round of the NFL playoffs on Saturday. Things will be much different than when the Browns beat Houston 36-22 in Week 16 because star rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud missed that game with a concussion. Houston allowed just the 26th-most fantasy points per game to defenses during the regular season. That being said, Cleveland's defense has been elite all season and could make life tough for the rookie. Treat the Browns as a top-five fantasy defense in DFS contests this weekend.

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  • Joe Flacco Draws Excellent Matchup For Wild-Card Round

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Joe Flacco (calf) practiced fully all week despite being listed on the team's injury report with a calf issue. Flacco will look to continue his late-season success heading into a Saturday matchup against the Houston Texans in the first round of the NFL playoffs. These two teams met back in Week 16, with Flacco shredding Houston's pass defense for 368 yards and three touchdowns. In the regular season, the Texans were quite generous to quarterbacks, allowing the 11th-most fantasy points per game to the position. Flacco is a solid DFS choice this weekend for fantasy gamers looking to save a bit of money at the quarterback position for their lineups.

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  • Pierre Strong Jr. Listed As Questionable For Wild-Card Game

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    Cleveland Browns running back Pierre Strong Jr. (back) has been listed as questionable for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Houston Texans. Strong injured his back in the Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals and now may not be available for the first playoff game this weekend. If the 25-year-old second-year back does not suit up in Houston, receiver James Proche II will most likely handle return duties on special teams. Strong hasn't really been a fantasy asset in 2023 in his first season in Cleveland while serving as the No. 3 back behind Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt. He's seen 63 rushing attempts on the year for 291 yards and one touchdown in 17 games.

    Jan 11 · Source via Cleveland Browns Pierre Strong
  • Dustin Hopkins Officially Ruled Out

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    Cleveland Browns kicker Dustin Hopkins (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Houston Texans after missing practice all week. Hopkins will miss his third straight game due to his hamstring injury. Riley Patterson, who has served as Cleveland's kicker the last two games with Hopkins out, will likely be elevated from the practice squad to the 53-man active roster for Saturday's playoff contest. The 24-year-old was the Detroit Lions' primary kicker for 13 games this year before getting cut and latching on with the Browns. In 15 total games between both teams this year, he's gone 16-for-18 on field-goal tries and has miss three of his 44 extra-point attempts. Fantasy managers should be looking for better options at the position on wild-card weekend.

    Jan 11 · Source via Cleveland Browns Dustin Hopkins
  • Cedric Tillman Ruled Out Against Texans

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    Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Cedric Tillman (concussion) has officially been ruled out for Saturday's wild-card contest against the Houston Texans. Tillman suffered a concussion in the Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals and now will have to sit out for his first career playoff game. With Tillman out and Amari Cooper (heel) expected to return after missing the final two regular season games, Cooper, Elijah Moore and David Bell should operate as Cleveland's top three wideouts against Houston this weekend. The 23-year-old Tillman was seeing more involvement for the Browns down the stretch, but he still finished his first year in the NFL with only 21 catches for 224 yards and no touchdowns on 44 targets over 14 games.

    Jan 11 · Source via Cleveland Browns Cedric Tillman
  • Greg Newsome Returns To Practice Wednesday

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    Cleveland Browns defensive back Greg Newsome (knee) got in a limited session in his team's practice on Wednesday. Newsome missed practice on Tuesday but is trending in the right direction as his team gears up to face off against the Houston Texans in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. Newsome missed the regular-season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals so his return to the team would be a big boost as the Browns look to advance in the playoffs.

    Jan 10 · Source via Cleveland Browns Greg Newsome
  • Marquise Goodwin Stays Limited Wednesday

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (knee) was limited in practice for the second straight day on Wednesday. A full practice on Thursday would put Goodwin on track to play on Saturday in the wild-card playoff contest against the Houston Texans after he was held out of action in the Week 18 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. It looks like Amari Cooper (heel) will play for the Browns on wild-card weekend, but rookie Cedric Tillman (concussion) could be out. Even if Tillman is inactive on Saturday, Goodwin faces an uphill battle for much playing time and would be the No. 4 behind Cooper, Elijah Moore and David Bell. Goodwin has been a fantasy afterthought in his first year in Cleveland, catching just four passes for 67 yards and carrying the ball four times for 33 yards in 12 games.

    Jan 10 · Source via Cleveland Browns Marquise Goodwin
  • Pierre Strong Jr., Kareem Hunt Limited Wednesday

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    Cleveland Browns running backs Pierre Strong Jr. (back) and Kareem Hunt (groin) were both listed as limited at the team's practice on Wednesday. Both players were non-participants on Tuesday's report, but they both returned on Wednesday. Strong, who has been an infrequently used No. 3 RB for the Browns, could be questionable to suit up for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Houston Texans. Hunt, meanwhile, has been managing a groin injury in recent weeks but hasn't missed any time, so he should be available for wild-card weekend. The 28-year-old has been a change-of-pace option for Cleveland next to Jerome Ford this year after Nick Chubb (knee) suffered a season-ending knee injury early in the year. Hunt will be a low-cost, low-upside, touchdown-dependent DFS play against the Texans.

    Jan 10 · Source via Cleveland Browns Kareem Hunt
  • Dustin Hopkins Absent From Practice Wednesday

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    Cleveland Browns kicker Dustin Hopkins (hamstring) missed a second straight day of practice on Wednesday. Head coach Kevin Stefanski said on Tuesday that Hopkins is unlikely to play in the wild-card game on Saturday against the Houston Texans. The 33-year-old also missed the final two games of the regular season with his hamstring injury and isn't going to be available for fantasy managers this weekend. In his first year with Cleveland, Hopkins made 33 of his 36 field-goal attempts and 24 of his 26 extra-point tries in 15 games played. Riley Patterson filled in for Hopkins the last two weeks and went 6-for-7 on his extra points and made his only field-goal attempt. Before coming to Cleveland, the 24-year-old went 15-for-17 on field goals and 35-for-37 on extra points in 13 games for the Detroit Lions. Fantasy managers should look for better kicking options on wild-card weekend.

    Jan 10 · Source via Cleveland Browns Dustin Hopkins
  • Cedric Tillman Misses Another Practice

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    Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Cedric Tillman (concussion) was unable to practice with the team on Wednesday. Tillman suffered a concussion in the Week 18 game against the Cincinnati Bengals and is in danger of missing the first postseason game of his career this Saturday against the Houston Texans. Thankfully for the Browns, Amari Cooper (heel), who missed the last two games of the regular season, said he will return for wild-card weekend. If Tillman isn't given the green light to play Saturday, David Bell should serve as Cleveland's No. 3 wideout behind Cooper and Elijah Moore. The 23-year-old Tillman had a very limited pass-catching role in his first season in the NFL, going for 21 catches on 44 targets for only 224 yards without finding the end zone a single time.

    Jan 10 · Source via Cleveland Browns Cedric Tillman
  • Browns Designate S Grant Delpit For Return

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    Entering the playoffs with the NFL’s No. 1-ranked total defense, the Browns will hope to have one of their injured starters back for Saturday’s wild-card matchup against the Texans. They designated Grant Delpit to return from IR on Wednesday. The fourth-year safety has missed the past four games due to a groin injury. While Cleveland […]

    Jan 10 · Pro Football Rumors Cleveland Browns Grant Delpit
  • Jeff Driskel To Serve As Backup Against Texans

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Jeff Driskel will serve as Joe Flacco's backup for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Houston Texans, according to offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt. Driskel gets the backup nod for the playoffs over P.J. Walker despite the fact he didn't join the Browns until November. The 30-year-old got the start in a meaningless Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals and predictably wasn't very good, going 13-for-26 for 166 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in his first game action of the season. Flacco will return to the starting gig for super wild-card weekend as the Browns look to beat the Texans for the second time in the last four weeks -- they beat the Texans 36-22 back in Week 16 in Houston.

    Jan 10 · Source via Cleveland Browns Jeff Driskel
  • Browns Designate Grant Delpit To Return From Injured Reserve

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    The Cleveland Browns designated standout safety Grant Delpit (groin) to return from Injured Reserve on Wednesday, giving hope to the Browns that he can return to help them in the playoffs. How much Delpit is able to do at practice the next two days will determine whether he officially comes off Injured Reserve in time to play on Saturday in the wild-card playoff contests against the Houston Texans. The 25-year-old missed the minimum of four games while on IR, but it remains to be seen if he'll be active this weekend. Delpit's return would be a huge boost for Cleveland's secondary and already strong defense and would be bad news for Texans impressive rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud in his first career playoff contest. Delpit had 80 tackles (63 solo), 1.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss, four QB hits, one interception and a fumble recovery in 13 games played in 2023 in his third NFL season.

    Jan 10 · Source via Cleveland Browns Grant Delpit
  • Amari Cooper Says He's Good To Go For Wild-Card Weekend

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (heel), who missed the final two games of the regular season with a heel injury, said he's good to go for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Houston Texans. Cooper said he could have played in the Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals if he had to. The 29-year-old will be returning to Houston, where he set a franchise record with 265 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his last game played in Week 16. Understandably, Cooper's DraftKings price has fallen after sitting out the last two weeks, which could make him a DFS bargain if he's completely healthy. However, the Texans defense will surely be trying to prevent a repeat of Cooper's Week 16 record-breaking performance. One thing we know: Quarterback Joe Flacco is going to look Cooper's way plenty.

    Jan 10 · Source via Cleveland Browns Amari Cooper
  • Marquise Goodwin Limited On Tuesday

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (knee) was listed as limited for the team's first practice session of the week on Tuesday. The Browns gave Goodwin the week off for a meaningless Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals. A limited tag to begin the week suggests that the 33-year-old should be active for the first playoff game of wild-card weekend this Saturday against the Houston Texans. Even if Amari Cooper (heel) misses his third straight game, it will be hard to recommend Goodwin to fantasy managers after he caught just four passes all year for 67 yards in 12 games in his first year with the Browns. If Cooper is out on Saturday, Elijah Moore, rookie Cedric Tillman (concussion) and David Bell would all be better DFS dart throws than Goodwin.

    Jan 9 · Source via Cleveland Browns Marquise Goodwin
  • Pierre Strong Jr. Doesn't Practice Tuesday

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    Cleveland Browns running back Pierre Strong Jr. (back) was listed as a non-participant for the team's first practice of the week on Tuesday. Strong was injured during his 14-carry, 65-yard rushing performance in his first and only start of the 2023 season in the Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals with the Browns resting both Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt in a meaningless game. It remains to be seen if the 25-year-old will be available for this Saturday's wild-card playoff contest versus the Houston Texans, but even if Strong is available for Cleveland, he'll be one to ignore for DFS contests as the No. 3 behind Ford and Hunt. If Strong cannot get the green light to play this weekend, John Kelly Jr. could be called up from the practice squad to the active roster.

    Jan 9 · Source via Cleveland Browns Pierre Strong
  • Cedric Tillman In Concussion Protocol, Not Practicing On Tuesday

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Cedric Tillman (concussion) is in the league's concussion protocol and is not practicing on Tuesday, according to Jake Trotter of ESPN. The rookie apparently suffered the injury during the Week 18 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, and he could be in jeopardy of missing the Wild Card bout against the Houston Texans. The third-round pick from Tennessee has hauled in 21 of his 44 targets for 224 yards in 14 games this season. However, his role only started to expand mid-season after Donovan Peoples-Jones was traded to the Detroit Lions. He has played no fewer than 61% of the team's snaps since Week 9, so his absence could propel David Bell and Marquise Goodwin into expanded roles. Amari Cooper (heel/rest) also isn't practicing on Tuesday, but there's no indication that he won't play.

    Jan 9 · Source via Cleveland Browns Cedric Tillman
  • Kareem Hunt Not Practicing On Tuesday

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    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) is not participating in practice on Tuesday leading up to the postseason matchup with the Houston Texans due to a groin injury. The 28-year-old has been listed with a groin injury for several weeks and has often missed practice, so it's not a concerning development as of now. Hunt has compiled 411 rushing yards, nine rushing touchdowns, 15 receptions, and 84 receiving yards in 15 games this season while sharing a backfield with Jerome Ford. As a part-time back, he's not a favorable fantasy playoff league target, but he could be a sleeper pick in DFS contests. That said, Houston is just a neutral matchup for fantasy running backs.

    Jan 9 · Source via Cleveland Browns Kareem Hunt
  • Dustin Hopkins Unlikely To Kick On Saturday

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    Cleveland Browns kicker Dustin Hopkins (hamstring) is unlikely to face the Houston Texans in the AFC wild-card game on Saturday, according to head coach Kevin Stefanski. It's bad news for Cleveland in a critical time of the season, but it looks like Riley Patterson will handle the kicking duties. Hopkins was excellent during the regular season, connecting on 33 of his 36 field-goal attempts. He went 8-for-8 on tries of 50-plus yards. Patterson went 15-for-17 for the Detroit Lions this season before being released and signed by the Browns. Hopkins missed the final two games of the regular season with his hamstring injury and also didn't take part in the first practice of the week on Tuesday.

    Jan 9 · Source via Cleveland Browns Dustin Hopkins
  • Amari Cooper Sitting Out On Tuesday

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (rest/heel) is not practicing on Tuesday heading into the Wild Card matchup with the Houston Texans. The veteran is listed on the injury report with a heel injury, though he's also listed as a veteran rest player. Cooper hasn't played since the Week 16 meeting with Houston when he caught 11 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. It would be surprising if he sits out the first round of the playoffs, but DFS gamers and playoff fantasy managers should be glued to his practice status throughout the week. Needless to say, he has plenty of upside in his second game against the Texans.

    Jan 9 · Source via Cleveland Browns Amari Cooper
  • Elijah Moore Plays Six Snaps, Not Targeted In Season Finale

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Elijah Moore was active for the Week 18 regular season finale on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals despite suffering a concussion in the Thursday night win over the New York Jets in Week 17. However, he was only on the field for six offensive snaps in the 31-14 loss to the Bengals and wasn't targeted at all by quarterback Jeff Driskel. The Browns were locked into the No. 5 seed for the playoffs in the AFC and chose to rest many of their key starters on both offense and defense, so it's really not a huge surprise that Moore wasn't on the field very much. The 23-year-old wasn't nearly as prolific as many expected him to be in his first year in Cleveland, although it was an improvement over his final season with the New York Jets. If Amari Cooper (heel) isn't ready for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against the Houston Texans, Moore could have a big role in Cleveland's passing attack.

    Jan 8 · Source via Cleveland Browns Elijah Moore
  • Pierre Strong Jr. Rolls Up 65 Rushing Yards In Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns running back Pierre Strong Jr. carried the ball 14 times for 65 yards and failed to corral his lone target in a 31-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 18. With the Browns opting to rest several key veterans in the game, Strong got the start and wound up posting career highs in carries. With the Browns slated to face the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round next week, look for Strong to return to the RB3 role for the Browns. He makes for an interesting stash in deeper dynasty leagues heading into the offseason.

    Jan 7 · Source via Cleveland Browns Pierre Strong
  • Kareem Hunt Catches One Pass In Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt caught his lone target for a five-yard gain in a 31-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 18. Hunt and Jerome Ford were both very lightly used as the Browns opted to rest several key players ahead of their Wild Card showdown against the Houston Texans next week. Hunt will return to his goal-line and short-yardage role for that matchup next weekend, making him a touchdown-or-bust option in playoff leagues and DFS contests.

    Jan 7 · Source via Cleveland Browns Kareem Hunt
  • Jerome Ford Sees Five Touches In Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Ford carried the ball three times for six yards and added two catches for 26 yards in a 31-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 18. Ford did not start but he wound up seeing a handful of touches in a final tuneup before the Browns head to Houston to take on the Texans in the Wild Card round of the playoffs next week. The second-year back finishes his 2023 season with nine all-purpose touchdowns although his role next season will depend on how Nick Chubb (knee) progresses in rehabbing his knee injury. Ford will be a solid DFS option next week against Houston.

    Jan 7 · Source via Cleveland Browns Jerome Ford
  • Jeff Driskel Throws Two Touchdowns In Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Jeff Driskel completed 13 of his 26 passes for 166 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in a 31-14 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 18. Driskel also added seven rushes for 33 yards in his first career start for the Browns. Both of Driskel's touchdown passes went to David Bell in the loss to the Bengals. Driskel will return to a reserve role when the Browns face off against the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round of the playoffs next week.

    Jan 7 · Source via Cleveland Browns Jeff Driskel
  • Myles Garrett Sitting In Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns All-Pro edge rusher Myles Garrett (hamstring, shoulder) is officially inactive in Week 18 of the regular season against the Cincinnati Bengals. Also out for the Browns defense are cornerbacks Mike Ford (calf) and Greg Newsome II (knee) and safety Juan Thornhill. The Browns are locked into the No. 5 seed for the AFC in the playoffs, so they are resting a handful of notable players on both sides of the ball. Garrett is the biggest name that won't be active in the regular season finale for the Browns, which will make life much easier on Bengals quarterback Jake Browning and Cincy's offense as they look to finish their season up with a win. With the Browns resting key players on defense, their defense/special teams unit won't be as attractive in DFS or season-long leagues this weekend.

    Jan 7 · Source via Cleveland Browns Mike Ford Myles Garrett Greg Newsome Juan Thornhill
  • Marquise Goodwin Inactive, Elijah Moore Active

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (knee) is officially inactive for the Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, while Elijah Moore (concussion) is active on Sunday. Both players came into the season finale as questionable to play. Moore suffered a concussion in last Thursday's win over the New York Jets but was able to clear the concussion protocols. The Browns are already locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC for the postseason, so even though Moore is officially active for this one, there's a good chance he won't play the entire game, especially coming off a head injury just last week. Top wideout Amari Cooper (heel) will miss a second straight game as well, so fantasy managers should expect rookie Cedric Tillman and David Bell to get more playing time on Sunday with quarterback Jeff Driskel leading Cleveland's offense.

    Jan 7 · Source via Cleveland Browns Marquise Goodwin
  • Browns DC Jim Schwartz Interested In HC Opportunities

    The Lions have clinched a playoff spot for the first time in six years. Before this dry spell, which is a relatively short one for the Detroit fans, the Lions made three playoff appearances in six years. That run started with a 2011 season behind then head coach Jim Schwartz, who currently resides as the […]

    Jan 6 · Pro Football Rumors Coaching Carousel Cleveland Browns
  • Browns Defense A Solid Option In Week 18

    The Cleveland Browns defense held the New York Jets to 20 points while racking up two sacks and forcing two turnovers in a Week 17 win. They will finish off the regular season with a road matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 18. Cleveland has already locked up the No. 5 seed in the AFC and plans on resting several key starters in the regular-season finale. Key defensive starters Myles Garrett and Greg Newsome II are two of the players who will not take the field against Cincinnati. Cleveland's defense doesn't have as much upside as most weeks but they are still on the board as a top-10 defense in Week 18.

    Jan 6 · Source via Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns
  • Cedric Tillman To See Increased Role In Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Cedric Tillman has caught 18 passes for 181 yards in his rookie season. Tillman could be in store for a larger role in Week 18's matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns have already locked up the No. 5 seed in the AFC and are planning to rest several key players in the regular-season finale. Amari Cooper (heel) has already been ruled out and Elijah Moore (concussion) is listed as questionable. It would be a bit of a surprise to see Cleveland rush Moore back into action after he suffered a concussion back in Week 17's Thursday night game. Tillman should conceivably operate as Cleveland's No. 1 wideout against a Cincy defense that is allowing the 10th-most fantasy points per game to the position this season. Assuming Moore doesn't play, Tillman sets up as an interesting dart throw in DFS tournaments on Sunday and can be used as a desperation flex in season-long formats.

    Jan 6 · Source via Cleveland Browns Cedric Tillman
  • Pierre Strong Jr. Could See An Increased Role In Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns running back Pierre Strong Jr. has seen just 49 carries for 226 yards as the team's No. 3 RB this season. He could be in store for an increased role in Week 18 against the Cincinnati Bengals, however. The Browns have already locked up the No. 5 seed in the AFC and don't have much to play for in the regular-season finale. The team hasn't ruled Jerome Ford or Kareem Hunt out yet but it wouldn't be a surprise if both running backs sat out of Week 18. If that happens, Strong would operate as the team's lead back against a Cincinnati defense that is allowing the 14th-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season. Strong sets up as a solid flex option in season-long formats and an interesting RB2 in DFS contests this weekend.

    Jan 6 · Source via Cleveland Browns Pierre Strong
  • Jerome Ford A Candidate To Be Rested In Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns running back Jerome Ford has rolled up nine all-purpose touchdowns as the lead back for his team in 2023. The second-year back may not get a chance to add to his TD total in Week 18 against the Cincinnati Bengals, however. The Browns are already locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC and are planning on resting some of their key starters in what is a meaningless game for them. Ford would certainly fit into that criteria as he and Kareem Hunt have been Cleveland's two primary ball carriers since Nick Chubb (knee) was lost for the season back in Week 2. The Browns haven't made any official announcements pertaining to their running back room for Sunday but Pierre Strong Jr. would operate as the team's No. 1 back if Hunt and Ford ultimately don't play. That would put Strong on the radar as a high-end RB3 and a cheap dart-throw option in DFS tournaments this weekend. Stay tuned.

    Jan 6 · Source via Cleveland Browns Jerome Ford
  • Kareem Hunt Removed From Final Injury Report

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    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) missed practice on Wednesday but was upgraded to a full session by Friday and is listed without an injury designation heading into a Week 18 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Whether Hunt actually plays on Sunday against the Bengals remains to be seen as the Browns already have the No. 5 seed in the AFC locked up and don't have much motivation to put their key players in harm's way. Although they haven't officially announced it, both Hunt and Jerome Ford are candidates to sit out of action in Week 18. If that does happen, Pierre Strong Jr. would be elevated to the lead role against a Cincinnati defense that is allowing the 14th-most fantasy points per game to running backs this season, making him an interesting name for DFS contests. Stay tuned.

    Jan 6 · Source via Cleveland Browns Kareem Hunt
  • David Njoku Listed Without An Injury Designation Heading Into Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (rest/knee/illness) missed practice on Wednesday but got in limited sessions on Thursday and Friday. The star tight end is listed without an injury designation heading into a Week 18 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns already have the No. 5 seed in the AFC locked up and are planning to rest several starters in a meaningless game against Cincinnati. Njoku has not been ruled out of action as of Saturday morning but there is a strong chance he is not active in Week 18 as Cleveland looks toward the first round of the playoffs next week. If Njoku ultimately doesn't play, Harrison Bryant would see starter's snaps and settle in as a TE2 for the final week of the regular season. Stay tuned.

    Jan 6 · Source via Cleveland Browns David Njoku
  • Harrison Bryant Could See Increased Role In Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns tight end Harrison Bryant could be in for a larger role in his team's Week 18 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. Starter David Njoku (rest/knee/illness) missed practice on Wednesday but got in limited sessions on Thursday and Friday. The star tight end is listed without an injury designation heading into Week 18 but the Browns already have the No. 5 seed in the AFC locked up and are planning to rest several starters in what is a meaningless game for them. If Njoku doesn't end up playing, Bryant would see starter's snaps and settle in as a TE2 for the final week of the regular season against a Bengals team that is allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to tight ends this season. He would also make for an interesting cheap option as a dart throw in DFS contests.

    Jan 6 · Source via Cleveland Browns Harrison Bryant
  • Jeff Driskel A Low-End QB2 In Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns quarterback Jeff Driskel was just signed to the active roster on December 29 but will be starting against the Cincinnati Bengals in the Week 18 regular-season finale. Driskel will get the call with Cleveland already locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC and opting to rest several starters including Joe Flacco. Driskel hasn't played in a game since Week 18 of the 2022 season but he will be out there against a Cincinnati defense that is allowing the 10th-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season. Driskel is in play as a low-end QB2 with some appeal as a cheap option as a dart throw in DFS tournaments this weekend.

    Jan 6 · Source via Cleveland Browns Jeff Driskel
  • Browns Place LB Anthony Walker On IR

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    After going week to week with Anthony Walker, the Browns will give his roster spot to someone else. Out for the past three games following arthroscopic knee surgery, Walker is now on IR. Barring the Browns making their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, the veteran linebacker is done for the season. Although Walker […]

    Jan 5 · Pro Football Rumors Cleveland Browns Anthony Walker Jr.
  • Joe Flacco Aiming To Play Two More Seasons

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    Joe Flacco will have a chance to start in a playoff game for the first time since a Ravens-Patriots divisional-round matchup nine years ago. This improbable development already had the 38-year-old quarterback planning to suit up in 2024; this stunning re-emergence also looks to be pointing the QB toward an age-40 season. Considering Flacco was […]

    Jan 5 · Pro Football Rumors Cleveland Browns Joe Flacco
  • Dustin Hopkins Won't Kick In Week 18

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    Cleveland Browns kicker Dustin Hopkins (hamstring) has officially been ruled out for the Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. It will be the second straight missed game for the 33-year-old booter. Cleveland will be hoping Hopkins will be ready to roll for the wild-card round of the postseason next week. When healthy, Hopkins has been a fantasy relevant kicker this year, especially since quarterback Joe Flacco arrived and jumpstarted this offense. In 15 games in his first year with the Browns, Hopkins has gone 33-for-36 on field-goal attempts and 24-for-26 on extra points. With Hopkins being held out again this weekend, Riley Patterson will do the kicking for Cleveland and should be avoided in fantasy lineups with the Browns resting some of their key starters, including Flacco.

    Jan 5 · Source via Cleveland Browns Dustin Hopkins
  • Elijah Moore, Marquise Goodwin Questionable

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    Cleveland Browns wide receivers Elijah Moore (concussion) and Marquise Goodwin (knee) are both listed as questionable to play on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Amari Cooper (heel) has been ruled out for the second straight game. The Browns are locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC for the postseason, so Moore and Goodwin probably won't play all that much if they are actually active on Sunday morning. Moore suffered a concussion in last Thursday's win over the New York Jets, while Goodwin popped up on this week's injury report on Thursday. Fantasy managers in season-long leagues or DFS contests would be wise to stay away from Moore. Expect rookie Cedric Tillman, David Bell and James Proche II to get a lot of playing time this weekend as the Browns play out the string of the regular season.

    Jan 5 · Source via Cleveland Browns Elijah Moore Marquise Goodwin
  • Amari Cooper To Miss Second Straight Game

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (heel) has been ruled out for the Week 18 regular season finale on Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals. Cooper will miss his second straight game to close out the regular season. With the Browns locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC, they are choosing to rest some key players ahead of the wild-card round next week. The 29-year-old set a franchise record with 265 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Week 16 win over the Houston Texans, but that will end up being his final game of the regular season. Receivers Elijah Moore (concussion) and Marquise Goodwin (knee) are questionable and could also be rested, so quarterback Jeff Driskel might be working with rookie Cedric Tillman, David Bell and James Proche II as his top receivers against the Bengals.

    Jan 5 · Source via Cleveland Browns Amari Cooper
  • Kareem Hunt Back At Practice Thursday

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    Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (groin) was present at practice on Thursday but had his repetitions limited. It's an improvement after Hunt didn't practice on Wednesday. Hunt has been a regular on the injury report this season but he hasn't missed a game. The fact that the 28-year-old was able to return to practice on Thursday bodes well for his availability for Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. However, the Browns could hold out many of their starters this weekend while already being locked into the No. 5 seed for the playoffs, which will make Hunt a risky DFS option in Week 18. Hopefully we'll get a better feel for which starters besides quarterback Joe Flacco will be rested and whether Hunt will play by Friday or Saturday.

    Jan 4 · Source via Cleveland Browns Kareem Hunt
  • Elijah Moore, Marquise Goodwin Limited Thursday

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    Cleveland Browns wide receivers Elijah Moore (concussion) and Marquise Goodwin (knee) were both listed as limited in practice on Thursday. Moore was also limited on Wednesday after suffering a concussion in last Thursday's win over the New York Mets. Goodwin, meanwhile, was added to the injury report Thursday. The 23-year-old Moore is headed in the right direction to be available for the Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals, but with the Browns being locked into the No. 5 seed for the playoffs, Moore is a candidate to be limited on Sunday or held out entirely. And if he does play, he'll be taking passes from quarterback Jeff Driskel with Joe Flacco being rested. Goodwin hasn't been anywhere near the fantasy radar in his first year in Cleveland.

    Jan 4 · Source via Cleveland Browns Marquise Goodwin
  • David Njoku Limited On Thursday

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    Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (rest) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice session. Njoku sat out of Wednesday's practice before returning on Thursday, but fantasy managers shouldn't be worried. It sounds like the Browns are being cautious here and resting Njoku. The big tight end is dealing with multiple issues and the team wants to keep him fresh. The expectation is that Njoku will be a full-go for this weekend's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Njoku has stepped it up this season, but he has looked even better since Joe Flacco took over under center. DFS players should certainly take a look at Njoku as a possible option for this weekend's slate.

    Jan 4 · Source via Cleveland Browns David Njoku
  • Dustin Hopkins Not Practicing Thursday

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    Cleveland Browns kicker Dustin Hopkins (hamstring) remained sidelined at practice on Thursday. Hopkins was forced to sit out on a short week in last Thursday night's win over the New York Jets and doesn't appear close to returning for a meaningless Week 18 regular season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday. The most likely scenario is that the Browns will rest the 33-year-old kicker and any other injured players like receiver Amari Cooper (heel) as they rest up for the wild-card round of the playoffs next week. Cleveland is already locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC, so Hopkins is likely to miss a second straight game this weekend. If that's the case, Riley Patterson will do the kicking for the Browns in Week 18. Fantasy managers should look elsewhere for a kicker.

    Jan 4 · Source via Cleveland Browns Dustin Hopkins
  • Amari Cooper Missing Another Practice

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    Cleveland Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper (heel) is missing another day of practice on Thursday. Cooper set a franchise record with 265 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the Week 16 win over the Houston Texans and then missed last Thursday's win over the New York Jets due to a heel injury. The Browns are already locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC for the playoffs, so even if Cooper is able to return to practice on Friday, it seems unlikely that they would risk a setback with his heel in a meaningless game against the Cincinnati Bengals this Sunday. The Browns have already announced they'll be resting starting quarterback Joe Flacco. The 29-year-old is probably not going to be an option for anyone playing fantasy football in Week 18.

    Jan 4 · Source via Cleveland Browns Amari Cooper
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