Cleveland Browns injuries continue to pile up this season

Browns, Denzel Ward. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Browns, Denzel Ward. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

Week after week, the Cleveland Browns have a laundry list of players who are struggling with injuries and that appears to be the case again in Week 6

There might not be any team in the NFL that has to deal with injuries quite the way the Cleveland Browns do. And this isn’t just true of 2022. This has been an ongoing problem for years.

Whether it’s ignoring injury history on free agents such as Jadeveon Clowney, or draft picks like Greg Newsome II, they just can’t keep their players healthy. So far in 2022, Cleveland has put Anthony Walker, Jr., Jakeem Grant, Nick Harris, Jerome Ford, Jesse James, Greedy Williams, and Chase Winovich on the IR.

In addition to that, they were without Clowney for the end of their Week 2 game against the Jets and Myles Garrett missed one week due to a car accident which is extremely unrelated to the rest of the injuries suffered.

Last week, it appeared things were headed in the right direction. Clowney returned, Garrett returned, and they had everyone on the active roster practice during the week. But as is often the case, good things never last. On Wednesday, the Browns have five players on the pre-practice injury report, and they were all starters.

Browns strength and condition needs a tune-up

The one bit of good news on this report is that Amari Cooper was out for a day of rest, which is understandable given the fact that he’s previously had ankle surgery and tries to keep from overworking that.

As for some of the others, Clowney is pretty much a constant on these reports as of now. He’s been in the NFL since 2014 and played a full slate of games one time — which was in 2017. Overall, he’s missed 34 games in the regular season — which is more than two years’ worth.

Ward is another player that has had problems. The 2018 first-round pick has yet to play a full season and has 13 missed games in his career and had a foot operation this offseason. Dealing with a concussion is a serious matter and he could end up missing the game against New England due to it.

Thankfully, general manager Andrew Berry has done well in adding depth. The problem is, much of that depth is already on the IR. Clearly, there’s a problem with the strength and conditioning program. That’s frustrating after they spent time this offseason trying to figure out a way to get ahead of some of the preventable issues.