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Browns, Steelers Thursday injury report: Some improve, some added to list

A smaller list than yesterday but some new additions

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The first injury report of Week 18 between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers had 15 players not participating. While the Browns rested a few players and the Steelers rested one, there are some concerning names that started out on the list.

Thursday, we saw some improvement but we also saw a few players added to the list which could be concerning with just one practice left in the week.

Here is Thursday’s injury report with any changes in bold:

Browns Injury Report

  • Amari Cooper - Rest/Hip - Upgraded to Limited
  • Jack Conklin - Ankle - DNP
  • D’Ernest Johnson - Shoulder - Upgraded to Limited
  • Denzel Ward - Shoulder - DNP
  • Drew Forbes - Not Injury Related - DNP
  • Ethan Pocic - Illness - DNP
  • Isaiah Thomas - Foot - DNP

Pocic’s illness and Thomas’ foot injury are new and concerning while Conklin and Ward still being out is a bad sign for their availability this week.

Steelers Injury Report

  • WR Diontae Johnson - Hip - Upgraded to Full
  • LB Alex Highsmith - Ankle - Limited
  • DL Cameron Heyward - Rest - DNP
  • DB Tre Norwood - Hamstring - Upgraded to Limited
  • CB Arthur Maulet - Illness - DNP
  • S Minkah Fitzpatrick - Ankle - DNP
  • LB Myles Jack - Groin - DNP
  • OL Kevin Dotson - Shoulder - Upgraded to Full
  • DT Larry Ogunjobi - Toe - DNP
  • CB James Pierre - Concussion - Full

Highsmith is the big name with his ankle injury happening today. Johnson and Dotson being upgraded to full participants is a sign that both will play their roles on Sunday.

We will keep you up to date with the teams’ final injury report on Friday and all decisions through the weekend leading up to the inactive reports at 11:30 AM.