The outcome of the Week 16 matchup between the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans could have huge implications for both team’s playoff hopes. A Browns win almost, but not quite, clinches a playoff spot and a chance to compete for the AFC North or the top Wild Card seed.
Injuries will impact both teams on the field today with CJ Stroud, Will Anderson, Blake Cashman, Juan Thornhill and Anthony Walker already ruled out.
There are four players listed as questionable this week as well:
- WR Nico Collins
- DT Maliek Collins
- LB Denzel Perryman
- OL Joel Bitonio
While Browns fans are hoping that Bitonio will be able to play after missing most of Week 15’s game, the Texans are likely to get one (or both) of their Collins players today:
Texans’ WR Nico Collins, listed as questionable for Sunday due to his calf injury, is expected to play vs. the Browns, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 24, 2023
In his third season, Collins has already eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving this season to go along with six touchdowns. He missed Houston’s last game due to a calf injury.
Given the tight AFC playoff race, Houston needs to get Stroud back from his concussion as soon as possible and that seems to be on track for Week 17:
Despite missing his second straight game due to a concussion, Texans’ QB C.J. Stroud has begun to make some progress and there is optimism he could be ready to play next week vs. the Titans, per league source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 24, 2023
We will get official inactive reports from both teams to get the final updates on the four questionable players and who else won’t be dressing for this week.
Does Nico Collins likely being active worry you or, with Case Keenum at QB, are you less worried about the passing game today?