Daily Dawg Tags: Browns starting to finally get healthy

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The Cleveland Browns have been struggling with injuries this season, but the bye week helped everyone heal a little bit.

As the saying goes, if it weren’t for bad luck the Cleveland Browns would have no luck at all, especially when it comes to injuries.

Through the first half of the season the Browns have seen defensive end Myles Garrett, linebacker Jamie Collins, cornerback Jason McCourty, safety Jabrill Peppers and wide receiver Corey Coleman, among others, miss multiple games with injuries.

The tide is slowly starting to turn for the Browns, however, as the team comes off its bye week and prepares for Sunday’s road game against the Detroit Lions.

Coleman was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday and is eligible to return to the active roster as early as the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 19.

Wednesday’s injury report, which the Browns released on the team website, showed that while a handful of players were limited, everyone was back at practice in some capacity and most of the key players are returning to health.

Among those are Collins and cornerback Jamar Taylor, both full participants at practice; and cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, defensive lineman Trevon Coley, McCourty, defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi and Peppers, who were all limited.

For a squad that allegedly has no talent and must do everything in its power to have a chance to win, getting everyone back to good health is a plus, especially on the defensive side of the ball, which has to carry much of the water as the offense continues to struggle.

It may not be enough to get the Browns on a winning track this Sunday against the Lions, but it is a good way to kick off the second half of the season.

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Jabrill Peppers doesn’t regret leaving Michigan (Detroit Free Press)

"Cleveland Browns rookie safety Jabrill Peppers has almost no meaningful statistics this season. Not a single interception. No sacks. Not even a pass defense. This is odd for a player the Browns drafted 25th overall out of Michigan with the expectations of getting a versatile playmaker."

Zane Gonzalez hopes to repay team’s faith (cleveland.com)

"This has been a trying start to Zane Gonzalez’s career. The rookie kicker, who made 23 of 25 kicks his senior season at Arizona State, including 7-of-9 from 50+ yards, has started off by missing four of his first 11 NFL kicks — all in the last five games. He’s also missed an extra point in that stretch."

Josh Gordon aiming to be best wide receiver of all time (ohio.com)

"Josh Gordon returned to the Browns this week clean and sober and with his ultimate NFL dream intact. Those were the messages the immensely talented wide receiver whose life and career have been plagued by addiction problems sent Wednesday when he spoke to Browns beat writers for the first time in more than a year."

NFL news:

Packers release tight end Martellus Bennett (ESPN)

"The Green Bay Packers have cut tight end Martellus Bennett with the failure to disclose a medical condition designation, the team announced Wednesday. By cutting Bennett with that designation, it sets up the Packers’ case for a grievance to reclaim the $4.2 million in remaining prorated signing bonus money."

Bill Belichick ‘didn’t care’ what anyone offered for Jimmy Garoppolo in offseason (CBS Sports)

"According to BIll Belichick in a Monday interview with Dale Holley of WEEI, as transcribed by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, the Patriots’ insistence on not dealing Garoppolo this offseason was not a bluff. They were not planning on trading him. There was “no market” for Garoppolo because the Patriots weren’t interested in a deal."

Sam Bradford injury has long-term implications (San Diego Union-Tribune)

"As expected, Sam Bradford has been placed on injured reserve following his Tuesday knee surgery. This also portends a worse outcome for Bradford long-term. Either the articular cartilage (tread on the tires) was already wearing out from the trauma of two ACL tears, indicating a chronic downward spiral, or the articular damage is fresh as a result of the bone bruise."