Cleveland Browns injury report: Travis Coons hopeful for Sunday


Dec 13, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns kicker Travis Coons (6) kicks a field goal against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns kicker Travis Coons is hoping his groin injury will not keep him out of Sunday’s game.

The Cleveland Browns released their latest injury report for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks and may have more problems than facing a revived Seahawks team.

Kicker Travis Coons is battling a groin injury, and while he is hoping he will be able to kick on Sunday, he hasn’t practiced the past two days as a precaution.

“I feel good. it’s just a little sore, but other than that, I think on Sunday I’ll be ready to go,” Coons said on Friday. “I didn’t necessarily injure it. I just felt like a little tightness there so I didn’t want to overdo it and then have an injury.”

The Browns worked out some kickers on Friday as a backup plan in case Coons can’t go ad have 24 hours to sign someone to have them be eligible for the Seattle game. If Coons starts the game but can’t continue, the Browns may turn to backup quarterback Austin Davis.


“Yeah, that is part of the plan,” head coach Mike Pettine said. “We also have (Austin) who is an outstanding kicker. I am serious – outstanding.”

No matter who is kicking, the Browns have a problem with the blocking, especially on the left side of the line where rookies Danny Shelton and Cameron Erving (especially) have been struggling in recent weeks.

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“(Cam’s) been really good up to this recent stretch. I’m not going to put everything on Cam Erving,” special teams coach Chris Tabor said this week. ” You have to have big people up there. With regards to a wholesale change of people in my world, we don’t have that luxury to do that. Did he look better yesterday? Sure did. Does he have to get better? Sure he does, but that’s all of us, coaches included, players included.

“You’re limited on personnel where you’re going to put there. I don’t know if I’d go exactly with the word ‘crushed.’ We’ve had problems the last three games. Two of those three blocks have been low kicks that we’re trying to rectify out there in practice. I’m going to put one of them on the protection and the other two on the trajectory of the football. No question, it needs to get rectified.”

In other injury news for the Browns, left tackle Joe Thomas returned to practice on Friday, as did cornerback Justin Gilbert, who has been out with a concussion since the Monday night game against Baltimore. Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins and running back Glenn Winston will both miss Sunday’s game as they are dealing with concussions. It will be the fourth consecutive game that Hawkins will be out.

Wide receiver Marlon Moore and cornerback K’Waun Williams are both listed as questionable, while cornerback Johnson Bademosi is listed as probable.

Probable = virtual certainty player will be available for normal duties. Questionable = 50% chance player will not play; Doubtful = at least 75% chance player will not play; Out = will not play.