What seems like almost daily, we have written story after story about the Cleveland Browns losing another player to injury. Rare has been the kind of hope for the Browns roster this season. Despite all that, Cleveland forged ahead, locked down the top Wild Card spot and now prepare to face the Houston Texans on Saturday.
Even Tuesday’s injury report has Browns injury concerns with 10 players sitting out the first playoff practice.
Finally, Wednesday came some good news.
The team announced that they have designated safety Grant Delpit for return from injured reserve while also adding CB Kalon Barnes to the practice squad:
Delpit last played on December 10th against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was injured when he collided with teammate Myles Garrett.
With Rodney McLeod and Anthony Walker out for the year, getting Delpit back and hoping that Juan Thornhill can play this week would give DC Jim Schwartz some flexibility in the middle of the defense. D’Anthony Bell and Ronnie Hickman have played well in place of the three veteran safeties but depth is vital in the postseason.
Barnes was drafted in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL draft. He has played in two games only getting nine special teams snaps during that time. The Browns brought in CB Herb Miller for a visit on Tuesday but signed Barnes this week.
Cleveland will still need to activate Delpit from injured reserve and waive someone from the 53-man roster for him to play Saturday against the Texans.
How big of a difference do you think Delpit can make for the Browns defense?