By Danny Cox
By the looks of things, it has been quarterback Brian Hoyer who has been the spark for the Cleveland Browns team this year. Brandon Weeden gets injured after two losses, and Hoyer comes in to save the third game. Hoyer leads the Browns to essentially three victories, but then is injured and Weeden is back to lose the next game.
With the Cleveland Browns having a very short injury list, Weeden and the rest of the team have got to put together a full performance that will show they’re a team to contend with in a rather weak AFC North.
Looking at how healthy the Browns are this week, things are looking up as only two players are officially listed as out for the trip to Lambeau Field.
Safety Josh Aubrey is going to be out for the Packers game with both knee and ankle problems. This should not be a huge loss for the Browns as he is listed as a back-up behind T.J. Ward, and Johnson Bademosi is healthy and ready to go.
A late change from Aubrey just being ruled out is that the Browns have now placed him on Injured Reserve, and he is out for the season.
Defensive lineman Billy Winn is still going to be sidelined with a quadriceps injury. He has been out since the Browns win over the Vikings back on Sept. 22, 2013.
With Desmond Bryant finally at full health as well as John Hughes and Ahtyba Rubin, Cleveland should be alright along the defensive front.
Back-up linebacker Brandon Magee is questionable for Sunday’s visit to Green Bay, as he is dealing with some oblique pain. The coaching staff isn’t going to rush him back to game action if it isn’t necessary. He was limited all week and could play if truly needed.
Running back Willis McGahee was a full-go at practice on Friday even though he hadn’t participated on Wednesday or Thursday. He should be ready to go on Sunday and the same could have been said for running back Bobby Rainey, who is recovering from a groin injury, but the Browns just decided to release him.
With Aubrey going on IR and Rainey released, the Browns brought wide receiver Tori Gurley and defensive back Julian Posey up to the active roster from the practice squad. Both could actually see playing time as soon as this weekend.
Back-up cornerback Chris Owens (finger) and starting linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee) will be ready to play on Sunday as well. They both practiced fully throughout the entire week.
Cleveland has a very healthy team and is not missing a lot of key players as the they travel to face Green Bay. They’ve just got to prove that they aren’t missing Brian Hoyer enough to not get a victory.
- DB Josh Aubrey – Ankle/Knee – Placed on Injured Reserve
- DL Billy Winn – Quadriceps
- LB Brandon Magee – Oblique
- RB Willis McGahee – Knee
- DB Chris Owens – Finger
- RB Bobby Rainey – Groin – Released
- LB Jabaal Sheard – Knee
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.