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Browns schedule: Big updates on CJ Stroud, Aaron Rodgers

Cleveland’s playoff hopes get an uptick with opposing QBs likely out

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The story of the Cleveland Browns season has yet to be written in totality but we know the book will not only have chapters about injuries but injuries laced through ever bit of it.

The Browns have somehow been able to claw their way to a 9-5 record despite loss after loss around the team and playing four quarterbacks. Cleveland continues to struggle with injuries and turning the ball over but heads into Week 16 with a high probability to make the NFL playoffs.

Things may have gotten a little easier for the Browns last few games with news that QBs CJ Stroud and Aaron Rodgers are unlikely to play versus Cleveland.

Stroud missed last week with a concussion and hasn’t progressed in a way that makes the Houston Texans believe he will be able to play this week either:

“He should miss another game,” one source said Tuesday, adding that the Texans will continue to monitor Stroud’s progress before making a final decision.

After the Texans, Week 17 was supposed to be a huge Deshaun Watson versus Aaron Rodgers matchup on Thursday Night Football. Instead, Rodgers made it clear that he is not returning now that the New York Jets have been eliminated from playoff contention. Who will start for the Jets versus Joe Flacco is up in the air with Zach Wilson’s concussion.

While injuries have hurt Cleveland all year, the Browns facing backup quarterbacks in the last three games should make their playoff push much easier.