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Browns, Bears Thursday injury report: Some return to practice, still 7 DNPs including a new one

Amari Cooper, Myles Garrett, DJ Moore among those returning to practice

The Cleveland Browns finally had an addition, instead of subtraction, to their team on Thursday. It wasn’t a surprise as starting QB Joe Flacco was added to the active roster but the contract details were interesting.

As the team prepares to welcome the Chicago Bears into town for their second-to-last home game, the Browns roster has been decimated. In the last three days alone, there have been reports or actual news of five key players headed to the injured reserve to end the regular season.

Cleveland’s injury reports during the week are also normally littered with players missing practice for a variety of reasons. Week 15’s was no different but we saw improvement, for both teams, on the second day of practice (changes listed in bold):

Browns Injury Report

  • OL Joel Bitonio - Rest, Knee - DNP
  • WR Amari Cooper - Rest, Ribs - DNP to Full
  • DT Jordan Elliott - Concussion - DNP
  • RB Jerome Ford - Wrist - Limited
  • DE Myles Garrett - Rest, Shoulder - DNP to Full
  • RB Kareem Hunt - Groin - DNP to Limited
  • LB Jordan Kunaszyk - Calf - Added as Limited
  • TE David Njoku - Rest, Knee - DNP
  • DE Ogbonnia Okoronkwo - Pectoral - DNP
  • OL Ethan Pocic - Stinger - DNP
  • RB Pierre Strong - Illness - Added as DNP
  • S Juan Thornhill - Calf - DNP
  • LB Anthony Walker - Rest, Knee - DNP to Limited
  • CB Denzel Ward - Shoulder - Limited

Two straight days without Bitonio, Elliott, Njoku, Okoronkwo, Pocic and Thornhill is concerning. Less so for Bitonio and Njoku who are technically listed as “not injury related” despite having knee also listed.

Bears Injury Report

  • DB Jaquan Brisker - Groin - Limited to DNP
  • LB Dylan Cole - Personal - DNP to Full
  • WR DJ Moore - Ankle - DNP to Limited
  • LB Noah Sewell - Knee - Added as Limited
  • WR Equanimeous St. Brown - Pectoral - DNP

Brisker’s downgrade and Sewell’s addition will be important to monitor on Friday.

Which Browns player out the first two days of practice worries you the most besides Bitonio and Njoku?