Bengals-Browns Injury Report: Will OG Shawn Lauvao Return?

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Browns have their starting right guard back? Also, the Bengals will likely be without half of their starting secondary.

Here is a wrap-up of the injury situation for the Cleveland Browns heading into this week's game against the Cincinnati Bengals:

  • The quarterback situation is already known this week -- Brandon Weeden is out for the Browns again, and Brian Hoyer will start in his place again. The big question, though, is at right guard.
  • Every week, Shawn Lauvao has been getting closer to returning. He was out the first two weeks, then last week he was listed as doubtful. He is listed as questionable for this week's game, which usually means there is a 50/50 chance that you'll play. Lauvao was optimistic that he'd play this Sunday, but we'll see: he was only a limited participant in practice this week. Oniel Cousins was limited with a chest injury on Wednesday and Thursday, but was a full participant in Friday's practice.

  • It looks like Billy Cundiff will be available to kick this week. He didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, but was back in action on Friday and the team hasn't signed a replacement for him. If he isn't active, then Spencer Lanning will likely double up as the kicker and punter.

  • DE Billy Winn is out with a quadricep injury, and OLB Jabaal Sheard is out with a knee injury. The Browns are thin at outside linebacker, so they'll have to hope Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo hold up well.

  • As we discussed in our scouting report, the Bengals are really hurting in the secondary; they'll likely be without starting cornerback Leon Hall and starting free safety Reggie Nelson, as both players have hamstring injuries.

The full injury and practice report for Cincinnati vs. Cleveland is below.

BROWNS WED THU FRI STATUS
QB Brandon Weeden (thumb)
DNP DNP DNP OUT
OLB Quentin Groves (ankle)
DNP DNP DNP OUT
DE Billy Winn (quadricep) DNP DNP DNP OUT
OLB Jabaal Sheard (knee)
DNP DNP DNP DOUBTFUL
OG Shawn Lauvao (ankle) LP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
K Billy Cundiff (thigh)
DNP DNP LP QUESTIONABLE
WR Josh Gordon (ankle) FP FP FP PROBABLE
OG Oniel Cousins (chest)
LP LP FP PROBABLE
DE Desmond Bryant (wrist) FP FP FP PROBABLE
DE Ahtyba Rubin (calf) FP FP FP PROBABLE



BENGALS WED THU FRI STATUS
OG Mike Pollak (knee) DNP DNP LP DOUBTFUL
CB Leon Hall (hamstring) DNP DNP DNP DOUBTFUL
CB Dre Kirkpatrick (hamstring) DNP DNP LP DOUBTFUL
S Reggie Nelson (hamstring) DNP DNP DNP DOUBTFUL
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (ankle) LP FP FP PROBABLE
OT Anthony Collins (knee) FP FP FP PROBABLE
James Harrison (illness) --
-- DNP PROBABLE
CB Terence Newman (knee) LP FP FP PROBABLE
CB Brandon Ghee FP FP FP PROBABLE

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

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