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Browns-Jaguars Injury Report: Shuffling on the DL & in the Secondary

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Gregory Shamus

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

  • With DE Armonty Bryant done for the year, DE Phil Taylor and DE Billy Winn both out, and DT Ahtyba Rubin listed as questionable, the Browns are going to be thin on the defensive line again. Reports indicate that Rubin will try to play this week, but DT Ishmaa'ily Kitchen would likely split reps with him. The Browns added two defensive linemen to the roster this week -- Siona Fua and Jacobbi McDaniel.

  • Despite FS Tashaun Gipson being banged up, he is expected to start on Sunday. It wouldn't be a surprise if he didn't play every snap like he is accustom to doing, so veteran S Jim Leonhard could be paired with SS Donte Whitner at times.

  • The other change in the secondary is at the nickel position. CB K'Waun Williams, who played the nickel role the past two games, is out with a concussion. Head coach Mike Pettine already confirmed that CB Buster Skrine will shift to the slot in nickel situations, and he also hinted that CB Justin Gilbert would come into the game to play on the outside in those sets. Pettine did not rule out playing time for UDFA cornerback Robert Nelson, or utilizing three safeties, as alternatives.

  • The Jaguars' only injury is RB Toby Gerhart, who is out with a foot injury. RB Storm Johnson is expected to start in his place again.

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

BROWNS WED THU FRI STATUS
WR Rodney Smith (hamstring)
DNP DNP DNP OUT
DE Phil Taylor (knee)
DNP DNP DNP OUT
DE Billy Winn (quadricep)
DNP DNP DNP OUT
CB K'Waun Williams (concussion)
DNP DNP DNP OUT
DT Ahtyba Rubin (ankle)
LP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
S Tashaun Gipson (thigh)
DNP LP LP QUESTIONABLE
RB Ben Tate (finger) FP FP FP PROBABLE
OLB Paul Kruger (back) LP LP LP PROBABLE
OLB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder) FP FP FP PROBABLE
DE Desmond Bryant (wrist) FP FP FP PROBABLE



JAGUARS WED THU FRI STATUS
RB Toby Gerhart (foot) DNP DNP DNP OUT
TE Clay Harbor (knee) -- -- LP PROBABLE
DE Andre Branch (groin) DNP FP FP PROBABLE
CB Alan Ball (ankle) LP DNP FP PROBABLE

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