The Cleveland Browns have their longest injury list of the season, but they are actually getting some players back this week. RB Trent Richardson is expected to play after being limited in last week's game against the Bengals, when he suffered an injury to his ribs. Richardson will wear a flak jacket, but could still see reduced reps against the Colts. If that's the case, backup RB Montario Hardesty would get some more work.
The Browns are expected to have WR Mohamed Massaquoi and WR Travis Benjamin available. Both players missed two games after suffering hamstring injuries in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens. They may not find their way into the rotation right away, though, as the Browns reportedly kept Josh Gordon, Greg Little, and Josh Cooper among the top three receivers in practice this week. Little missed Thursday's practice with the flu, but he was back to work on Friday and is expected to play.
The Browns' run defense should get a boost this week when Ahtyba Rubin returns to action. He missed last week's game against the Bengals with a calf injury. Backup safety Tashaun Gilspn was also back at practice this week. The coaching staff really likes him on special teams too, so I would expect Eric Hagg to be inactive again.
The biggest injury news this week is the fact that starting left guard Jason Pinkston has been ruled out. Pinkston was in the hospital with a blood clot, according to reports. We wish him the best in his recovery. John Greco, who filled in for Pinkston most of the game last week, will start in his place.
The Colts might have a shorter injury list, but the impact of their injuries is pretty extreme. Several starters are missing from the lineup on a team that already does not have a lot of depth after gutting their roster during the offseason.
|OG Jason Pinkston (illness)||LP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
|LB Scott Fujita (shoulder, neck)||DNP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
|CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle)
|RB Trent Richardson (chest, rib)
|WR Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring)
|WR Travis Benjamin (hamstring)
|DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf)||LP||LP||LP||QUESTIONABLE|
|QB Brandon Weeden (foot)||FP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|WR Greg Little (illness)
|WR Josh Gordon (knee)
|DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder)||FP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|LB Tank Carder (foot)||--||--||FP||PROBABLE|
|LS Christian Yount (shoulder)
|RB Donald Brown (knee)||DNP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
|DT Fila Moala (knee)||DNP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
|DT Martin Tevaseu (ankle)||DNP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
|DE Cory Redding (knee)||DNP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
|LB Robert Mathis (knee)||DNP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
|CB Darius Butler (shoulder)||DNP||DNP||DNP||OUT|
|OG Joe Reitz (knee)||LP||LP||FP||QUESTIONABLE|
|LB Pat Angerer (foot)||LP||FP||FP||QUESTIONABLE|
|OT Winston Justive (ankle)||LP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|LB Dwight Freeney (ankle)||DNP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|CB Vontae Davis (ankle)||FP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|LB Jerrell Freeman (ankle)||DNP||DNP||DNP||--|
DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation