Practice/Injury Report: Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

After two weeks of being at full strength, the Cleveland Browns' depth will definitely be tested this week. Here are the depth changes that we'll see this week:

  • Earlier in the week, S T.J. Ward was placed on injured reserve. To make matters worse, S Tashaun Gipson injured his foot on Thursday and has been ruled out. That means Usama Young and Eric Hagg will start at safety. I'm not sure who the next safety on the depth chart will be.
  • WR Mohamed Massaquoi has a knee injury and has been ruled out. Head coach Pat Shurmur has already confirmed that WR Josh Cooper will be active this week and playing in place of Massaquoi. WR Jordan Norwood may come back next week for the final game.
  • TE Jordan Cameron has been ruled out with a head injury. That means there are only two tight ends, so Alex Smith will see more action at tight end. According to Shurmur, Brad Smelley will end up getting some work at fullback.
  • DE Frostee Rucker is expected to play despite not practicing Wednesday or Thursday with a shoulder/hip injury.
  • With LB James-Michael Johnson being put on injured reserve earlier in the week, later reports indicate that LB Tank Carder, not L.J. Fort, will get reps in the base 4-3 defense.

For the Broncos, OG Chris Kuper will miss his third consecutive game. The full injury and practice report for Cleveland vs. Denver is below.

BROWNS WED THU FRI STATUS
WR Mohamed Massaquoi (knee) LP DNP DNP OUT
TE Jordan Cameron (head) DNP DNP DNP OUT
S Tashaun Gipson (foot) LP DNP OUT
TE Alex Smith (knee, illness) FP FP DNP QUESTIONABLE
DT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen (calf) -- -- LP QUESTIONABLE
DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder, hip) DNP DNP LP QUESTIONABLE
RB Trent Richardson (chest, rib, finger) FP FP FP PROBABLE
RB Montario Hardesty (knee) FP FP FP PROBABLE
WR Travis Benjamin (finger) FP FP FP PROBABLE
WR Joshua Cribbs (knee) LP LP LP PROBABLE
OG Shawn Lauvao (head, foot) LP FP FP PROBABLE
OT Joe Thomas (back) LP LP FP PROBABLE
OT Oniel Cousins (shin) FP FP FP PROBABLE
OT Ryan Miller (not injury related) -- -- DNP PROBABLE
DE Juqua Parker (knee) LP LP LP PROBABLE
DT Phil Taylor (knee, calf) LP LP LP PROBABLE



BRONCOS WED THU FRI STATUS
OG Chris Kuper (ankle, head) DNP DNP DNP DOUBTFUL
RB Chris Gronkowski (hamstring) DNP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs) FP FP FP PROBABLE
WR Eric Decker (ankle) FP FP FP PROBABLE
WR Matt Willis (knee) FP FP FP PROBABLE
WR Trindon Holliday (knee) FP FP FP PROBABLE
C Dan Koppen (knee) FP FP FP PROBABLE
DT Kevin Vickerson (groin) LP LP FP PROBABLE
LB Wesley Woodyard (ankle) FP FP FP PROBABLE
S Jim Leonhard (ankle) FP FP FP PROBABLE
S Mike Adams (knee) LP FP FP PROBABLE

DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation

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