Player News - Browns

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Isaiah Crowell (shoulder) wasn't listed on the Browns' final injury report for Week 12 against the Bengals.

Crowell was removed from the injury report after getting in a full practice on Friday. He's looking for a bounce-back game after struggling to just 18 yards on 11 carries in last week's loss to Jacksonville. Crowell is RotoPat's No. 32 running back for Week 12.
Nov 24 - 2:07 PM

Browns run game coordinator Kirby Wilson said the team wants to keep Duke Johnson on the field "as much as possible because we believe so strongly in him as a playmaker."

Johnson set a season-high in snap rate in Week 10 against the Lions, playing 58.8% of the downs in what was a close game that Cleveland nearly pulled out on the road. Johnson had a season-high 10 carries in that game, turning them into 54 yards, adding six catches for 34 more yards. Johnson had touched the ball at least 10 times in four straight games before last week. The Browns just now realizing Johnson needs to be playing more would be a real concern regarding their decision-making abilities. Ultimately, we expect Johnson to remain an 8-12 touches per game player as a volatile RB2/3 with more of a floor in PPR formats.
Nov 24 - 11:09 AM

Josh Gordon returned to practice on Wednesday.

Wednesday was Gordon's first practice with the Browns since December 26, 2014. Though it was Gordon's first official practice, it was his second time catching passes from DeShone Kizer, who he also worked with on Monday. Gordon is eligible to return against the Chargers in Week 13. He's back after being suspended most of the last three years for repeated violations of the league's substance abuse policy.
Nov 22 - 6:09 PM

Isaiah Crowell (shoulder) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Crowell was also limited last week with his shoulder injury. It shouldn't keep him out of Sunday's matchup with the Bengals. Crowell isn't more than an RB3 for Week 12.
Nov 22 - 4:34 PM

Browns placed DT Jamie Meder (high-ankle sprain) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Meder is a run stopper who was playing 20-25 weekly snaps. A 2014 UDFA, he's headed for restricted free agency. Turning 27 in April, it's possible he's not tendered a contract by the rebuilding Browns.
Nov 21 - 3:01 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said getting Josh Gordon back is "like Christmas."

"I get to open a new toy," Jackson said. "I know what’s in that box, but I just want to see how good it is. It’s exciting that he’ll be back out there." Gordon is expected to return to practice this week, and he is eligible to return to the active roster Week 13. It still remains to be seen if he will be ready by then, but he has hit every target so far since being reinstated. Gordon remains worth a stash for teams headed to the fantasy playoffs.
Nov 21 - 9:27 AM

Browns DT Jamie Meder has a high-ankle sprain.

Meder has played only 178 snaps this season, but his loss comes the same week Emmanuel Ogbah went down for the season with a broken foot. The Browns' defense could begin to spring some run game vulnerabilities. They'll be facing Joe Mixon and the Bengals this week.
Nov 20 - 1:53 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said he will stick with DeShone Kizer as his starting quarterback the rest of the season.

Kizer had another turnover-filled game against the Jaguars on Sunday, but Jackson is not going to send him to the bench like he did several times earlier in the season. "Where we are right now, I need to continue to see him," Jackson said. "I want to walk away from this season knowing exactly what DeShone Kizer is top to bottom. He deserves that." As long as Kizer is under center, the opposing defensive unit will be a good fantasy option. That will be the Bengals this week.
Nov 20 - 8:44 AM

Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah is done for the season with a broken foot.

He'll undergo surgery, and is expected to be sidelined 3-4 months. Coach Hue Jackson made the disclosure in his post-game presser. A 2016 second-rounder, Ogbah entered Week 11 tied with Myles Garrett for the team lead in sacks (four). A liability as a rookie, Ogbah had been improved as a sophomore. He should be ready for 2018 training camp.
Nov 19 - 7:27 PM

Ricardo Louis caught 1-of-4 targets for 15 yards in the Browns' Week 11 loss to the Jaguars.

Louis was well behind Corey Coleman, getting out-targeted 11-4. With Josh Gordon set to return in Week 13, Louis' extremely limited fantasy value is officially nonexistent.
Nov 19 - 7:02 PM

David Njoku caught 1-of-1 targets for 13 yards in the Browns' Week 11 loss to the Jaguars.

Today was the first time all season Njoku drew fewer than two targets. It remains impossible to predict when Njoku might tap his theoretical upside in the Browns' putrid offense.
Nov 19 - 7:01 PM

Corey Coleman caught 6-of-11 targets for 80 yards in the Browns' Week 11 loss to the Jaguars.

Coleman led the Browns in every receiving category, and was treated like the No. 1 receiver the Browns need him to be, at least until Josh Gordon returns in Week 13. Even with DeShone Kizer playing truly horrendous ball under center, Coleman should offer WR4 value, even with bye weeks over.
Nov 19 - 6:24 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed 11 times for 18 yards in the Browns' Week 11 loss to the Jaguars.

Crowell wasn't targeted as a receiver. Crowell entered the week on a mini-hot streak by his 2017 standards, but had nowhere to go with the Jags free to tee off on the running game as DeShone Kizer presented zero threat under center. The Browns have remained completely committed to Crowell on early downs. He'll be a workload-based RB3 for Week 12 vs. the Bengals. With bye weeks over, Crowell will rarely offer RB2 value.
Nov 19 - 6:20 PM

Duke Johnson caught 4-of-6 targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' Week 11 loss to the Jaguars, adding two carries for 10 yards.

Johnson was the lone bright spot in yet another dispiriting Browns loss. His 27-yard score in the second quarter was perhaps DeShone Kizer's only well placed ball of the afternoon. Johnson was in the slot as the Browns went four verticals. Johnson will be a bottom-barrel RB3 for Week 12 against the Bengals.
Nov 19 - 6:20 PM

DeShone Kizer completed 16-of-32 passes for 179 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Browns' 19-7, Week 11 loss to the Jaguars.

Kizer also lost two fumbles, the second of which the Jaguars housed for a game-sealing score. The first should have also been housed, but referee Pete Morelli's crew made an awful call, blowing the play dead. Kizer was truly, truly dreadful, air mailing passes — including both his interceptions — while showing close to zero pocket awareness. It's what he's done all season, but coach Hue Jackson said afterward he will stick with Kizer for Week 12. Be sure to tee up the Bengals' defense against the Browns.
Nov 19 - 4:37 PM


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