Browns release first injury report for Week 4 vs. Bengals
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns released their first injury report of the week on Wednesday and there are several starters who did not practice today.
The Cleveland Browns released their first injury report for Sunday’s Week 4 game against the Cincinnati Bengals and there are a few troubling names on the list.
According to the team’s website, running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson, along with starting defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, were all limited in practice on Wednesday with shoulder injuries.
Joining them on the list under the did not practice category were defensive end Myles Garrett, who is still dealing with his high ankle sprain, linebacker Jamie Collins, who has still not recovered from the concussion he suffered in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens, and wide receiver Kenny Britt, who is dealing with a knee injury.
For a team that is looking to pick up its first win of the season, those are some key players not practicing.
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It is still early, of course, and Wednesday’s “limited” practice players often turn up on the field come Sunday.
It is a little unsettling to see Ogbah on the injury report, however, as that may spur head coach Hue Jackson to put Garrett back on the field before he is ready.
When Garrett was first diagnosed with a high ankle sprain during the week leading up to the season opener, the accepted talk was that he would need a four- to six-week recovery period. Today marks the four-week – the shortest timeframe – for his recovery, and with the team sitting at 0-3 and Ogbah possibly hurting, the temptation may be too much for Jackson to resist.
As it is, Jackson is waiting to see how the rest of the week plays out, according to The News-Herald & Morning Journal:
"“He just needs to practice. If he is able to play, he might not play the whole game. We’ll just see how that unfolds. We’ll find out more as we go through the week.”"
Having Garrett on the field against the Bengals would give the Browns defense a shot in the arm coming off a game where they gave up 31 points to the Indianapolis Colts, and it would certainly energize the home fans.
But Jackson has to weigh that against the idea of giving Garrett an extra week to fully heal so that he can make it through the rest of the season on the field, rather than riding a bike on the sideline during practice.
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Whatever timetable the Browns and Garrett have for his return can be extended by a week and, if we’re all being honest here, won’t really have a major impact on the team’s final record. Whether Garrett plays this weekend or not until the following Sunday against the New York Jets, the Browns are likely a four-win team.