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Injury report for Browns vs. Buccaneers: Both teams missing key defensive starters

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Cleveland will have to find ways to replace Joe Schobert and E.J. Gaines.

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Here is the injury report for the Cleveland Browns’ Week 7 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Cleveland Browns

Position Player Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Position Player Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
WR Rashard Higgins Knee DNP DNP DNP OUT
TE David Njoku Knee FP FP FP
OL JC Tretter Ankle DNP DNP LP QUESTIONABLE
LB Joe Schobert Hamstring DNP DNP DNP OUT
LB Tanner Vallejo Concussion FP FP FP
CB E.J. Gaines Concussion -- DNP DNP OUT

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Position Player Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
Position Player Injury Wed Thu Fri Game Status
QB Jameis Winston Hip FP FP FP
OT Demar Dotson Knee/Shoulder LP LP LP
DE Vinny Curry Ankle DNP DNP DNP OUT
DT Gerald McCoy Calf DNP DNP DNP OUT
CB Carlton Davis Back LP FP FP QUESTIONABLE
S Jordan Whitehead Hamstring LP DNP FP QUESTIONABLE

Injury Notes

  • The Browns are without three players this week: WR Rashard Higgins, LB Joe Schobert, and CB E.J. Gaines. To replace Schobert, Christian Kirksey will slide over to his old position in the middle, and Genard Avery will get some more work. At cornerback, T.J. Carrie will likely start, with Briean Boddy-Calhoun getting nickelback work.
  • Center JC Tretter didn’t practice for two days, but was back to work on Friday and is expected to start on Sunday. If he can’t go, rookie Austin Corbett would make his first start there.
  • The Buccaneers are missing two starters up front this week in DE Vinny Curry and DT Gerald McCoy.