Expect Cleveland Browns LB Scott Fujita to Play on Sunday
Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita finally came back to practice this week following a long legal battle that ended with his three-game suspension being lifted.
Though Fujita was reinstated by the NFL last week, the Browns chose to not activate him for the season opener. He had a leg injury during the preseason, so the team kept him on the exemption list.
Now that he is back on the 53-man roster, one can expect to see Fujita on the field Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals as long as he is healthy (which appears to be the case).
The Browns could certainly use him. With injuries decimating the linebacker position, Fujita would be a much-needed veteran presence. It should be noted, though, that young players like L.J. Fort and Craig Robertson (undrafted rookies in 2012 and 2011, respectively) did look very impressive last week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Even with the possibility of Fujita’s suspension returning, head coach Pat Shurmur wouldn’t hesitate to put him into the lineup.
"“This is an all-hands-on-deck time of year. We know the rosters change week-to-week so you put them out there. Let them play.” (Source: Cleveland.com)"
The Browns will be taking on a Bengals team itching to prove itself after a Monday night beatdown against the Baltimore Ravens, so there is little reason to believe Fujita won’t be available to help.