The Cleveland Browns have dealt with their fair share of injuries during the 2020 season.
At one time or another, the Browns have played without running back Nick Chubb; right guard Wyatt Teller; wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and KhaDarel Hodge; tight end David Njoku; defensive ends Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon; linebackers Mack Wilson, Jacob Phillips and Sione TakiTaki; and defensive backs Denzel Ward, Greedy Williams, Ronnie Harrison Jr. and Grant Delpit.
Now the team may be adding tight end Austin Hooper to that list.
Hooper did not practice on Friday after suffering a neck injury during the previous day’s practice. While the Browns did not provide any details about the injury, Hooper’s availability for Monday night’s divisional game against the Baltimore Ravens may be in question.
It was just a week ago that wide receiver Taywan Taylor injured his neck in practice and subsequently landed on injured reserve. The Browns will know more about Hooper’s status soon, so hopefully not having him practice on Friday was simply just a precautionary measure.
Hooper has had a bit of a rough first year with the Browns after signing a four-year, $42 million contract as a free agent that temporarily made him the highest-paid tight end in the league.
He is second on the team with 30 receptions and first among the tight ends with 286 yards, which while not overwhelming on the surface fit in well enough within the structure of the current offense.
Hooper missed two games earlier this season, however, following an appendectomy, which has played a part in keeping his overall numbers down.
If Hooper is unable to go on Monday, the Browns will rely on David Njoku, who has nine receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns this season, and rookie Harrison Bryant, who has 16 receptions for 164 yards and three touchdowns but has had some issues with fumbling the ball after the catch.