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Browns injury news: JC Tretter back on Sunday?

Veteran center hoping to play against Ravens, but what about cornerback Greedy Williams?

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The Cleveland Browns released their first injury report for Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens and it is a mixed bag.

On the positive side, center JC Tretter, who missed all of training camp following knee surgery, and cornerback M.J. Stewart, who has been dealing with a hamstring injury for several weeks, were able to practice, albeit on a limited basis:

The bad news is that cornerback Greedy Williams, who has not practiced since August 24 due to a shoulder injury, and cornerback Kevin Johnson, who suffered a lacerated liver on August 19, both did not practice.

The Browns have been very quiet about the nature of Williams’ shoulder injury other than to say he is day-to-day. If he can’t go, cornerback Terrance Williams is expected to start in Greedy Williams’ place, while Stewart will likely take over Johnson’s nickelback role.

As for Tretter, who has not missed a game since signing with the Browns in 2017, it sounds as if the decision were up to him he would be on the field come Sunday, according to clevelandbrowns.com:

“You do not want to miss games. You do not want to miss players. You just want to take advantage of every change. You are not going to play forever. You want to make sure you are out there taking advantage of all the chances we get. A lot of it is a pride thing of making sure you are out there and available. That is the one real statistic you can have as an offensive lineman is availability. You always want to be available for your team, to help your team win.”

Head coach Kevin Stefanski did not sound as committed to Tretter playing against the Ravens, as he told Nate Ulrich at The Beacon Journal before Wednesday’s practice:

“I think we just want to be smart with all of our players in all of the circumstances. We’ll see how JC looks today and really won’t make a determination until later in the week.”

If Tretter indeed can’t go, he will be replaced by rookie center Nick Harris, who worked with the first-team offense all through training camp while Tretter rehabbed his injured knee.

The Browns have a quick turnaround after the game against Baltimore as the home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals arrives just four days later.

If Tretter, Williams or Johnson are not able to go on Sunday, it would not be all that surprising to see them all miss the game against the Bengals as well.