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Browns, Texans playoff injury report: Things got better for both teams on Wednesday

Will Anderson, Amari Cooper among the big names with injury designations

It feels like a slow journey from the start of the week to Saturday’s Wild Card showdown between the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans. For the Browns and their fans, not caring about a game since Thursday Night Football in Week 17 really exacerbates that feeling.

The concern around injuries adds to that as Tuesday’s report threw up a lot of issues that could be problems on Saturday. The two teams combined for 19 players not practicing to start the week but are hoping injuries don’t define their playoffs.

Things got a little better for both squads on Wednesday: (Changes are in bold)

Browns Injury Report

  • OL Joel Bitonio - Rest, Oblique, Knee - DNP to Limited
  • WR Amari Cooper - Rest, Heel - DNP
  • DE Myles Garrett - Personal, Shoulder, Hamstring - DNP to Limited
  • K Dustin Hopkins - Hamstring - DNP
  • RB Kareem Hunt - Groin - DNP to Limited
  • CB Greg Newsome II - Knee - DNP to Limited
  • TE David Njoku - Rest, Knee - DNP to Limited
  • RB Pierre Strong - Back - DNP to Limited
  • S Juan Thornhill - Calf - DNP to Limited
  • S Grant Delpit - Groin - Limited
  • WR Cedric Tillman - Concussion - DNP
  • CB Mike Ford - Calf - Limited
  • WR Marquise Goodwin - Knee - Limited
  • LB Jordan Kunaszyk - Calf - Limited to Full
  • DE Ogbo Okoronkwo - Pectoral, Groin - Limited
  • OL Ethan Pocic - Shoulder, Stinger - Limited
  • S D’Anthony Bell - Back - Full
  • P Corey Bojorquez - Quad - Full
  • QB Joe Flacco - Calf - Full
  • S Duron Harmon - Ankle - Full
  • DT Shelby Harris - Shin - Full
  • CB Denzel Ward - Shoulder - Full

While Cooper did not practice on Wednesday, the star receiver made it clear that he would be playing on Saturday which means we should see him in practice on Thursday.

Texans Injury Report

  • DE Will Anderson Jr. - Ankle - DNP
  • WR Noah Brown - Back - DNP
  • DT Maliek Collins - Hip - DNP to Limited
  • DE Jonathan Greenard - Ankle - DNP
  • DE Jerry Hughes - Ankle -DNP
  • DT Sheldon Rankins - Shoulder - DNP to Limited
  • WR Robert Woods - Hip - DNP to Limited
  • OL Shaq Mason - Rest - DNP
  • OL Laremy Tunsil - Rest - DNP
  • FB Andrew Beck - Calf - Limited to DNP
  • OL Michael Deiter - Elbow - Limited

A few improvements for the Houston defensive line but all three defensive ends remained sidelined on Wednesday.

Is there a player on each team whose injury status above could decide the game if they can’t play on Saturday?