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Browns, Texans Thursday Injury Report: Some significant changes

CJ Stroud, Will Anderson top Texans list again but some big changes as well

The Cleveland Browns have three straight AFC matchups to close the season and are likely to face three backups at quarterback. Given all of Cleveland’s injuries, that doesn’t mean things are going to be easy especially due to the Browns schedule.

Given their Week 5 bye week, the 2023 schedule can feel arduous especially given all of their injuries. Cleveland also plays on Thursday Night Football in Week 17 after flying down to face the Houston Texans in Week 16. The Browns did walkthroughs on Wednesday so their participation report was estimated.

Earlier on Thursday we covered reports that three of Houston’s best players would likely miss this week’s game.

Both teams for this week had long lists with some really important players on them but saw some big changes on day two (changes are in bold below:

Browns Injury Report

  • OL Joel Bitonio - Back, Knee - DNP
  • OL Geron Christian - Shoulder - Limited
  • QB Joe Flacco - Calf - Limited to Full
  • RB Jerome Ford - Wrist - Limited to Full
  • DE Myles Garrett - Rest, Shoulder - DNP to Full
  • OL Nick Harris - Knee - Full
  • RB Kareem Hunt - Groin - Limited
  • LB Jordan Kunaszyk - Calf - DNP
  • TE David Njoku - Rest, Knee - DNP to Limited
  • DE Ogbo Okoronkwo - Pectoral - DNP
  • OL Ethan Pocic - Stinger - Limited
  • DE Za’Darius Smith - Not injury related - Personal - Limited
  • OL Wyatt Teller - Rest, Ankle - DNP to Limited
  • S Juan Thornhill - Calf - DNP
  • LB Anthony Walker - Knee - Limited to DNP
  • CB Denzel Ward - Shoulder - Full

Mostly improvements for Cleveland but Walker being downgraded is a concern. Bitonio spoke to the media today and stated his goal was to return to practice on Friday, a good sign.

Texans Injury Report

  • DE Will Anderson - Ankle - DNP
  • LB Blake Cashman - Hamstring - DNP
  • TE Brevin Jordan - Illness - DNP to Limited
  • OL Shaq Mason - Calf - DNP to Limited
  • WR John Metchie III - Illness - DNP to Limited
  • QB CJ Stroud - Concussion - DNP
  • OL Laremy Tunsil - Knee - DNP to Full
  • S Jimmie Ward - Concussion - DNP to Limited
  • WR Noah Brown - Knee - Limited
  • DT Maliek Collins - Hip - Limited
  • WR Nico Collins - Calf - Limited
  • LB Denzel Perryman - Achilles - Limited
  • WR Robert Woods - Rest - Limited
  • OL George Fant - Hip - Full
  • CB Steven Nelson - Hand - Full

While the focus will be on Stroud, Anderson and Cashman, for good reason, Houston got a lot of improvement with important players on Thursday.

Who on the Browns injury report concerns you the most after Bitonio?