Browns: Good news on Thursday injury report for Titans game
By Thomas Moore
The Cleveland Browns released their latest injury report for the game against Tennessee and for the first time defensive end Myles Garrett is not listed.
There is a lot to like from the injury report that the Cleveland Browns released on Thursday as they prepare for Sunday’s visit by the Tennessee Titans.
The only player who did not practice because of an injury was linebacker James Burgess, who is still dealing with a knee injury.
There are several players who were limited in practice, but that generally translates into full participation by game time. That list includes wide receivers Kenny Britt and Sammie Coates (you’re excused if that elicited a groan, Browns fans); defensive linemen Jamie Meder and Danny Shelton; and defensive backs Jason McCourty, Jamar Taylor and Jabrill Peppers.
The big takeaway, however, is that for the first time this season defensive end Myles Garrett is not listed on the injury report.
Garrett missed the first four games of the season with a high ankle sprain, and saw reduced playing time the past two weeks. But his impact has been undeniable, as he has three sacks and is continually a pain to opposing offenses when he is on the field.
Having seen what Garrett can do while playing limited snaps and while not fully recovered from his ankle injury, the fact that he said that he is almost back to full health can’t sit well with Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.
It also means that Garrett may be able to put his full skill set on display, he told clevelandbrowns.com:
"“You really don’t try to show your hand completely throughout the first games, at least for me. I still have some stuff that I haven’t pulled out or used. I’m going against a really good tackle (in) Taylor Lewan. Hopefully, I can throw a curveball at him and make some plays.”"
The Browns had their full defense on the field for the first time last Sunday against the Houston Texans, but things didn’t go exactly as planned as the defense gave up three touchdown passes to quarterback DeShone Kizer and were not able to help the team stay in the game while the offense struggled.
That disappointment can’t carry over into this week, linebacker Christian Kirksey told clevelandbrowns.com:
"“For us, we just have to come together and eliminate some of those big plays and make sure that we gel as one and just go out there and compete. Sprits are still up. Six games, can’t get them back and have to move forward. There is no time to be sitting there moping around. We still have a lot of games in front of us and a lot of games in front of us that we can win. Our goal is just to look towards our next opponent, which is the Titans. Just control what we can control, go out there and play well.”"
It has been a rough start to the season for the Browns as the team is sitting at 0-6 for the second consecutive season.
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But the Browns have defeated the Titans in two of their past three meetings, and five of the past eight, so a healthy team and a favorable opponent could result in a happy ending around 4 p.m. on Sunday.