Player News - Browns

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Browns LT Joe Thomas (torn triceps, injured reserve) will undergo surgery on Tuesday, and be sidelined 6-9 months.

Speaking Monday, coach Hue Jackson said he was hopeful Thomas would return for 2018. Thomas is due $8.8 million in the final year of his contract. For his part, Thomas wasn't ready to think that far ahead. "Am I done playing?," Thomas asked rhetorically. "I don’t know. I think that’s a decision that’s best talked about in the offseason." Thomas turns 33 in December.
Oct 23 - 2:59 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson is holding off on naming his Week 8 starter at quarterback.

Jackson said each of Cody Kessler, DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan are a possibility. Our money is on Kessler, though it's possible the Browns give Kizer one last chance under center. With the season already torpedoed at 0-7, Jackson doesn't have much to lose.
Oct 23 - 2:43 PM

Browns announced LT Joe Thomas will miss the rest of the season with a torn left triceps.

An MRI confirmed the injury on Monday, and Thomas will likely be placed on injured reserve this week. It is a devastating blow for the Browns which also ends Thomas' streak of 167 consecutive starts. Spencer Drango replaced Thomas at left tackle on Sunday.
Oct 23 - 12:30 PM

An MRI confirmed Browns LT Joe Thomas has a torn triceps.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the veteran is still exploring his options, but this is almost certainly a season-ending injury. It is a tough break for a player who had not missed a snap in 11 seasons. Spencer Drango replaced Thomas at left tackle on Sunday.
Oct 23 - 12:08 PM

Browns LT Joe Thomas is believed to have suffered a torn triceps.

That would be a season-ending injury. A Monday MRI will confirm. The injury ended Thomas' historic snap streak at 10,363 on Sunday. His loss would further torpedo a Browns offense that's been completely unseemly.
Oct 22 - 7:55 PM

Ricardo Louis caught 3-of-4 targets for 21 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Titans.

After a two game stretch in which it appeared Louis was becoming the best option in a terrible situation, Louis has six catches for 46 yards over the past two weeks. Louis has been held to 32 yards or less in five of seven games on the season.
Oct 22 - 5:16 PM

Kenny Britt caught 2-of-5 targets for seven yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Titans.

After missing the past two weeks, Britt picked up right where he left off. Looking like one of the biggest busts of free agency, Britt has now 10 receptions 128 yards and a touchdown on 28 targets for the season. He is not a fantasy option Week 8 versus the Vikings.
Oct 22 - 5:08 PM

David Njoku caught 2-of-4 targets for 58 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Titans.

The 58 yards were a season-high as Cody Kessler got the ball downfield to Njoku for 31 and 27 yard gains, but Njoku has yet to have more three receptions in any game so far this season. He remains a strong Dynasty asset, but it is best left on waivers for seasonal leagues until more opportunity becomes available.
Oct 22 - 5:01 PM

Duke Johnson caught 6-of-7 targets for 45 yards with seven carries for 26 yards on the ground in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Titans.

Johnson led the team in targets once again Sunday, as he leads the Browns in receptions (32), receiving yards (314) and targets (43) on the season. His seven rushing attempts were a season-high while his 13 touches matched a high on the season. Johnson is the only piece of the Cleveland offense with any fantasy use at the moment and remains a flex option for PPR leagues in Week 8 versus the Vikings in London.
Oct 22 - 4:52 PM

Isaiah Crowell rushed 17 times for 35 yards with four receptions for 36 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Titans.

Crowell's 2.1 yards per carry were the lowest he's had since Week 1, but this has been par for the course so far for Crowell this season. He's yet to have a game now with more than 73 yards from scrimmage on the season, With the Browns providing almost no scoring opportunities, Crowell remains nothing more than a flex option for all formats.
Oct 22 - 4:42 PM

Browns QB Cody Kessler completed 10-of-19 passes for 121 yards with an interception in Sunday's Week 7 game versus the Titans.

Kessler entered the game after one drive in the 3rd Quarter after DeShone Kizer threw his second interception of the game. It was the first time Kessler has been active all season long after starting eight games during his rookie season. With Hue Jackson not really having a plan at the position, expect Kessler to be in the mix to start next in London when the Browns play the Vikings. Kessler completed 65.6 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and two interceptions in 2016.
Oct 22 - 4:26 PM

Kizer completed 12-of-20 passes for 116 yards with two interceptions and was benched for Cody Kessler in the 3rd Quarter of Cleveland's Week 8 game versus the Titans.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. After sitting out last week, Kizer had a promising start, completing 6-of-6 passes on the opening drive of the game which led to a field goal, but then quickly fell apart afterwards. His first interception came towards the end of the first half at the Tennessee 28 on an overthrow. He then threw a pick on the opening drive of the second half in Cleveland territory, which ended his day. Head Coach Hue Jackson is basically grasping at straws at this point, but it's hard to envision Cleveland going back to Kizer in the immediate future.
Oct 22 - 4:18 PM

Browns LT Joe Thomas left Sunday's Week 7 game with a left triceps injury and will not return the game.

Thomas injured his arm locked up with Brian Orakpo and immediately went to the locker room. The 11-year vet had previously never missed a snap over his entire career prior, with his streak ending at 10,363 consecutive snap played.
Oct 22 - 2:58 PM

Browns CB Jason McCourty (ankle) is inactive for Sunday’s Week 7 games versus the Titans.

Kevin Hogan, S Jabrill Peppers, LB James Burgess, OL Marcus Martin, OL Zach Banner and DL T.Y. McGill are also inactive. McCourty injured his ankle in Friday’s practice and was not able to be ready to play versus his former team. The absence of Pro Football Focus’ top graded cover corner on the season is a bonus for both Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker in a matchup that was already favorable for Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee passing game. Briean Boddy-Calhoun will occupy McCourty’s spot in base defense while Michael Jordan will take over in sub packages.
Oct 22 - 11:33 AM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer expects Browns CB Jason McCourty (questionable, ankle) to be inactive for Week 7 against the Titans.

He tweaked his ankle at Friday's practice and per Cabot, it "wasn't looking good for him" this morning. McCourty has been the league's top cover corner according to PFF's grades this season, so this would obviously be a major blow to the Browns' secondary. It would also be an upgrade for all Titans pass-catchers including Rishard Matthews and Eric Decker.
Oct 22 - 11:09 AM


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