As the Cleveland Browns look to make final roster decisions to get down to the initial 53-man, injuries are likely to play a significant role in some of the decisions. We already know Alex Wright and Isaiah Thomas could miss a few weeks after surgery but Saturday’s preseason finale brought a number of other injuries.
Today, HC Kevin Stefanski spoke to the media and provided the following updates:
- Confirmed WR/KR Jakeem Grant will be out for the year
- Noted that CB Denzel Ward is in fact in the concussion protocol
- LB Jordan Kunaszyk will miss multiple weeks for what was previously reported to be a torn MCL
- LBs Anthony Walker and Sione Takitaki will be ready to roll to start the season with the first team
- WR Marquise Goodwin will be reinstated from the Non-Football Injury list where he was placed due to blood clots
There is a lot to unpack there with Ward’s concussion, as we noted last night, a huge concern but the return of Goodwin is the exciting news that could shake up the roster.
With Grant out and Goodwin returning, it is still possible that the Browns will keep seven receivers on their initial 53-man roster. Austin Watkins would be the primary benefactor of the team doing so.
Goodwin’s speed is an undeniable positive for Cleveland’s offense but it will be interesting to see how long it takes him to get back into playing shape.
We will continue to make updates to our roster tracker as news becomes available. Goodwin, Grant and Kunaszyk news will all impact decisions made over the next couple of days.
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