BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Defensive lineman Myles Garrett and Danny Shelton are officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.
Garrett was listed as limited and Shelton a DNP for Friday’s walk-through session which technically isn’t considered a practice.
The MRI tests came back positive for Shelton, who suffered a calf injury on Wednesday, and the injury was not serious.
“I think that is good news,” head coach Hue Jackson said. “I think that is a good thing so we will see where he is, too. Danny is a tough guy and loves to be out there so if there is any way possible he can be, he will be.”
As for Garrett, he will likely be a game-time decision as the team weighs the pros and cons of playing him 3 1/2 weeks after he suffered a high ankle sprain.
“He moved around well and did some things today, but like I told you guys, we are going to huddle with the medical team and the football staff and see what is best,” Jackson said.
Garrett said Thursday evening that this high ankle sprain wasn’t as severe as the left high ankle sprain he suffered as a junior at Texas A&M last year and he doesn’t expect this one to linger like the one a year ago.
Man On A Mission – Running back Duke Johnson is coming off of his best performance of the young season that saw him total 104 yards from scrimmage in a 31-28 loss at Indianapolis.
“He has made some plays when we have needed them the most, and that is what good players do,” Jackson said. “I think he is one of the better players on our football team, and I think he is one of the better players in the National Football League. We have some other guys that are playing in the spots that he plays, but he is a playmaker for us.”
With a lack of depth and consistent production at receiver, Johnson has been asked to do more in that area and less running. Last week against the Colts he caught 6 of 7 targets for 81 yards and ran just twice for 23.
“He is on a mission,” run game coordinator Kirby Wilson said Friday.
On the season Johnson has caught 11 of 18 targets for 160 yards while rushing just 6 times for 44 yards.
“It is very impressive because he is a man who is wearing many hats right now for this offense,” Wilson added. “He likes having the pressure put on him. He is a guy with not a lot of experience but he has more than most of the other young guys. As a staff, we like to put more on his plate because he has the experience, game film, game action and he has a history of making plays in ball games so we count on him to deliver a lot for us.”
Alumni Weekend – The Browns’ annual alumni weekend teed off Friday with the annual golf tournament and Saturday evening the team will induct former defensive back Bernie Parrish (1959-66) and linebacker-fullback Tony Adamle (1947-51, 1954) into the Legends program. Both players will also be honored at halftime of Sunday’s game.
Injury Report – OUT: LB Jamie Collins (concussion); QUESTIONABLE: DT Danny Shelton (calf), DE Myles Garrett (ankle), WR Sammie Coates (hamstring); LIKELY TO PLAY: Joe Thomas (knee/rest), RG Kevin Zeitler (thumb), WR Kenny Britt (knee), RB Isaiah Crowell (shoulder), RB Duke Johnson (shoulder), TE Randall Telfer (knee), DL Emmanuel Ogbah (shoulder);