Beyond the obvious injury to QB Deshaun Watson (and Joe Burrow), injuries seem likely to play a role in the AFC North matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers today. They are not alone with a number of injuries around the AFC that could impact the playoff race.
The Browns and Steelers combined to rule out five players including three of the four starting safeties between the two. Saturday, two of the three questionable players for the game were activated from the injured reserve, a clear sign that they will play.
That just leaves big OL Dawand Jones as the only player who was up in the air for today.
Unless something changes, Jones is good to go:
Source: #Browns OT Dawand Jones, listed as questionable (knee), is expected to Sunday play vs the #Steelers.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) November 19, 2023
Big lift for QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson to have his fellow rookie protecting him up front.
Jones, out of Ohio State, has been excellent all season for Cleveland.… https://t.co/Q6rTBWC9XR pic.twitter.com/9EsECLNXom
With Dorian Thompson-Robinson getting the start, Jones' return on the right side will be helpful. Geron Christian played well on the left side last week but is untested overall.
We will get the official word on all the questionable players when inactive reports come out 90 minutes before the game.
A few other players that could impact the AFC playoff race also got updates Saturday night into Sunday morning:
- Jets Garrett Wilson playing
- Chargers Keenan Allen playing
- Texans Noah Brown likely out
- Cardinals Michael Wilson (playing the Texans) likely out
- Vikings Alexander Mattison (playing the Broncos) playing
- Dolphins re-signed Robbie Chosen, elevated for this week
- Dolphins activated De’Vone Achane, playing this week
While many believe that the Browns Super Bowl aspirations are gone, they are clearly in the AFC playoff picture which means a lot of other games will matter down the stretch besides their own. The good news for Cleveland, as of now, is that they are not chasing a playoff spot. Instead, the Browns a squarely near the top of the AFC going into Week 11.