BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Linebacker Jamie Collins was cleared to resume physical activity Friday and is listed officially as “doubtful” for Sunday’s game against the Jets.
Collins “ran around today” according to head coach Hue Jackson but didn’t do much with the team on Friday because he has not been cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol to play.
The Browns hold a ‘walk-through’ practice on Fridays which is not considered a traditional practice and so it is not open to reporters.
Jackson said he’ll have to assess whether or not Collins will have enough time to get ready for Sunday’s game before determining his status should he be cleared Saturday.
Regardless of Collins’ availability, the defense will get a major boost this week.
Defensive tackle Danny Shelton and rookie defensive end Myles Garrett both return this week. Shelton missed last week’s 31-7 loss at home to the Bengals with a calf injury while Garrett has been sidelined since Sept. 6 with a high ankle sprain.
“It could be special,” Garrett said of the defensive front. “But we won’t know until we all get out there. It all looks good on paper but we all have to show up and [perform].”
Wrecked Receiver Corps – Receiver Kenny Britt is also doubtful Sunday, but who fills in for Britt?
“That is a good question,” Jackson said laughing.
Jackson expects to turn to Sammie Coates, who missed 2 games with a hamstring injury, as well as Kasen Williams to help pick up the slack along with regulars Rashard Higgins and Ricardo Louis. Coates and Williams were acquired Sept. 2 and 3rd – Coates in a trade with Pittsburgh and Williams off waivers from Seattle.
Bryce Treggs, signed off the Eagles practice squad this week, is also expected to see playing time out of necessity.
The Browns have been without top receiver Corey Coleman since he broke his hand in a Week 2 loss at Baltimore on Sept. 17 and he won’t return until Nov. 19 against Jacksonville at the earliest. Jordan Leslie, who was brought back after Coleman went down, tore his hamstring and was waived with an injury designation on Wednesday to make room for Treggs.
Catching footballs has been problematic for the group through 4 games. DeShone Kizer and Cody Kessler have combined to complete just 83 of 161 pass attempts with dropped passes an epidemic.
Pro Shop Proceeds Back To The Community – Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam announced that all the net proceeds from sales at the Browns’ Pro Shop located at FirstEnergy Stadium will be donated to the team’s charitable initiatives. The announcement came during the dedication of John Adams high schools new football field, which is 1 of 5 fields in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District being replaced by the Browns, on Friday.
“By donating all our proceeds from the Pro Shop, we have a unique avenue for our team and incredible fans to support our city, including through important educational and developmental projects like installing five CMSD multipurpose-use neighborhood fields,” the Haslams said in a statement.
The donations of the year-round net sales proceeds at the stadium Pro Shop, which is a first in the NFL, will be retroactive to sales from April 1, 2017.
In addition fans will be given the option to “round up” their totals to the next full dollar amount when they check out at the Pro Shop and the money raised will go towards supplying needy kids with school supplies, clothing and shoes throughout the year.
Injury Report – DOUBTFUL: WR Kenny Britt (knee/groin), Jamie Collins (concussion); EXPECTED TO PLAY: LB B.J. Bello (neck), WR Sammy Coates (hamstring), DE Myles Garrett (ankle), S Derrick Kindred (wrist), DL Jamie Meder (toe), DT Danny Shelton (calf), CB Jamar Taylor (ribs), TE Randall Telfer (knee/ankle), LT Joe Thomas (knee), RG Kevin Zeitler (thumb).