The Cleveland Browns made a pair of roster moves on Saturday morning that could provide some foreshadowing on the team’s injury issues.
The club promoted offensive tackle Alex Taylor and tight end Kyle Markway from the practice squad as the team makes its final preparations for Sunday’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The moves appear to be in direct response to the injury status of starting right tackle Jack Conklin, and tight ends David Njoku and Stephen Carlson.
Conklin did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and was a limited participant in Friday’s practice, while dealing with a hamstring injury he suffered in the second quarter of last week’s Wild Card win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was the same situation with Njoku, who is also dealing with a hamstring injury, while Carlson was limited on Thursday and did not practice on Friday.
All three players are listed as questionable for the game against the Chiefs, but it seems likely that at least one of them may not be able to go. Or in the case of Conklin, might give it a shot but have to leave the game.
Taylor, who is 6-foot-8 and 301 pounds, provides depth behind Kendall Lamm, who filled in nicely for Conklin against the Steelers. The Browns signed Taylor in 2020 as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina State and added him to the practice squad on October 26. He appeared in one game during the regular season.
Markway, who is 6-foot-4 and 247 pounds, signed with the New York Giants in 2019 as an undrafted free agent out of South Carolina. He spent part of his rookie season on the practice squad of the Giants. Markway spent 11 weeks on Cleveland’s practice squad after being signed near the end of September 21.