Something astounding happened this week in practice for the Cleveland Browns -- all 53 players on the active roster were, for all intents and purposes, healthy to practice. The Browns have dealt with a few injury issues this season, but this is by far the healthiest they've been all year. It is to the point where they will have to make some new roster decisions on Sunday.
For one, CB Dimitri Patterson was a full participant in practice all week, and it is expected that he will resume his role as the team's nickel corner this week. If you thought the Browns' secondary was badass before, just wait until Sunday when Patterson is in the mix. That means less playing time for CB Buster Skrine, which could push a guy like CB Trevin Wade to the inactive list for the first time in awhile.
After missing last week's game, safeties Usama Young and Ray Ventrone are good-to-go for this Sunday. I think both players will be active, which could mean that Eric Hagg and one of the extra defensive linemen could be headed for the inactive list. All of the Browns' players on the injury report were listed as probable, which means there's nothing seriously hindering their ability to play this week.
The story is different for the Chiefs, particularly on the defense. Starting safety Abram Elam is doubtful with a quadriceps injury. LB Derrick Johnson and CB Brandon Flowers, two of the Chiefs' best defenders, missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday. They returned on a limited basis on Friday and are listed as questionable for Sunday's game. While I think both guys will suit up on Sunday, you can't be for certain.
|RB Trent Richardson (chest, finger, rib)||FP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|WR Travis Benjamin (finger)
|WR Joshua Cribbs (shoulder, chest)||LP||LP||LP||PROBABLE|
|TE Jordan Cameron (groin)||FP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|OT Ryan Miller (forearm)
|DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder, finger)
|LB James-Michael Johnson (finger)
|CB Dimitri Patterson (ankle)||FP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|S Usama Young (head)||LP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|S Raymond Ventrone (calf)||LP||FP||FP||PROBABLE|
|S Abram Elam (quadricep)||DNP||DNP||DNP||DOUBTFUL|
|OT Branden Albert (back)||LP||LP||LP||QUESTIONABLE|
|OG Jeff Allen (illness)||DNP||FP
|OG Russ Hochstein (back)||--||--||LP||QUESTIONABLE|
|LB Derrick Johnson (hamstring)||DNP||DNP||LP||QUESTIONABLE|
|CB Brandon Flowers (hamstring)||DNP||DNP||LP||QUESTIONABLE|
|S Eric Berry (hand, illness)||LP||LP||LP||QUESTIONABLE|
|S Kendrick Lewis (shoulder)||LP||LP||LP||QUESTIONABLE|
|C Ryan Lilja (knee)||DNP||DNP||FP||PROBABLE|
|LB Tamba Hali (knee)||LP||LP||FP||PROBABLE|
DNP - Did Not Participate
LP - Limited Participation
FP - Full Participation