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Browns HC Hue Jackson announced on Wednesday that QB DeShone Kizer will start this weekend's game against the Titans. "Barring injury, they'll likely try to ride it out with him for the rest of the season," insider Mary Kay Cabot writes. QB Kevin Hogan was abysmal in last week's loss to the Texans, completing 54.1% of his passes with 1 garbage-time TD and 3 INTs. Kizer has looked lost so far, but the 0-6 Browns might as well see if he can progress over the rest of the season. A struggling offensive line and weak pass-catching corps are just as big of problems for Cleveland as QB play. Kizer isn't a Week 7 fantasy option.

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Browns WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin) is inactive for today’s game against the Texans. Ricardo Louis will continue to serve as Cleveland’s top target and is in the WR4 or flex mix.

Browns WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Texans after a limited week of practice. He shouldn’t be in your Week 6 fantasy plans, but his absence would boost WR Ricardo Louis’ target projection.

Browns WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin) got back on the practice field Wednesday. That puts him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Texans -- if the Browns want him. Britt might be buried on the depth chart and isn't a Week 6 fantasy option.

Browns HC Hue Jackson announced Wednesday morning that QB Kevin Hogan will start this weekend's game against the Texans. QB DeShone Kizer has looked lost since an encouraging debut, completing just 47.3% of his passes with 2 TDs and 8 INTs. Hogan, meanwhile, has been solid in 3 relief appearances, posting a 68.4% completion rate with 3 TDs and 2 INTs. "We've liked what Kevin has been able to do within our offense when he's been in there and he will start on Sunday because that's what we feel is best for our team at this point in time," Jackson said. "This does not change the way we feel about DeShone going forward. He's worked extremely hard and still very much has a bright future. Right now, it's better for him and his development to back up Kevin." We're expecting to see Kizer back under center at some point this season, but he's not worth stashing in redraft leagues. Hogan is just a low-end QB2 vs. Houston this weekend.

Browns QB DeShone Kizer was benched for the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Jets. The rookie completed just 8 of 17 1st-half passes for 87 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT. QB Kevin Hogan is in the game for Cleveland. We're guessing that the Browns will go back to Kizer next week, but he obviously can't be trusted in any fantasy lineups right now.

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As expected, Browns OLB Jamie Collins (concussion) is inactive for today's game against the Jets. He did reportedly clear the league concussion protocol this week, though, so a Week 6 return seems likely.

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Browns WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin) is inactive for today’s game against the Jets. Ricardo Louis and Rashard Higgins will serve as Cleveland’s top 2 WRs. Louis is the preferred fantasy play but isn’t more than a WR4 flier.

Browns OLB Jamie Collins is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Jets, despite clearing the league's concussion protocol Friday. It's obviously good that he has progressed to that point, but worrisome that Collins is about to miss his 3rd straight game because of a concussion. We'll see where this situation goes.

Browns WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Jets. HC Hue Jackson suggested earlier this week that he was basically looking for a reason to bench Britt, and this is it. His absence leaves Ricardo Louis and Rashard Higgins as Cleveland’s top 2 WRs.

Browns WR Kenny Britt missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday with knee and groin injuries. He's been arguably the worst WR in the league through 4 games, and these injuries won't help. Britt shouldn't be in Week 5 fantasy lineups.

The Browns hav ruled OLB Jamie Collins out for the 2nd straight game because of a concussion. We'll see if he can clear the league protocol for Week 5. We've removed Collins from the Week 4 IDP rankings and bumped up MLB Joe Schobert. DE Myles Garrett, meanwhile, might see his 1st regular-season action. He's questionable after limited practices Thursday and Friday. Garrett would play just a limited role if active, but that would be a big step back from his high ankle sprain.

The Browns have ruled OLB Jamie Collins (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Colts. DE Myles Garrett (ankle) is officially doubtful for the game but didn't practice at all this week. Garrett is reportedly nearing a return, however.

Browns OLB Jamie Collins missed practice Wednesday and Thursday while dealing with the effects of a concussion. He doesn't appear likely to play Sunday against the Colts. James Burgess would step in if Collins can't go, according to the team website. MLB Joe Schobert, OLB Christian Kirksey and SS Jabrill Peppers would add tackle upside.

The Browns have placed WR Corey Coleman (hand) on IR, knocking him out for at least the next 8 weeks. He's only worth stashing in dynasty/keeper leagues and deep redrafts. Coleman's absence leaves Rashard Higgins, Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis as Cleveland's top 3 WRs.

Browns WR Corey Coleman is expected to miss 6-8 weeks with his broken hand, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. No surprise there after Coleman missed 6 games with a broken hand last year. Rapoport calls him a "prime candidate" for IR-designated-to-return, which would cost him 8 weeks.

X-rays confirmed that Browns WR Corey Coleman broke his hand in Sunday's loss to the Ravens, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. We haven't seen a timetable for return yet, but Coleman missed 6 weeks with the same injury last year. Expect something similar this time around. He could re-emerge as a fantasy asset over the 2nd half of the season but is droppable in shallower fantasy leagues. Coleman's injury is theoretically a big opportunity for Kenny Britt, but he's been invisible through 2 games. WR Rashard Higgins led the team with 11 targets, 7 catches and 95 yards in Week 2. He's worth a look in deeper leagues.

The Browns "fear" WR Corey Coleman broke his hand in Sunday's loss to the Ravens, according to insider Mary Kay Cabot. Coleman exited early in the 4th quarter and underwent an x-ray after the game. The team should already know if the hand is broken, so we should get confirmation soon. Coleman missed 6 games last season with a broken hand. It's unclear if this is the same one.

Browns QB DeShone Kizer exited in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game in Baltimore with migraines. His return is questionable. QB Kevin Hogan has replaced the rookie.

UPDATE: Kizer returned in the 3rd quarter.

The Browns announced Thursday that DE Myles Garrett suffered a high right ankle sprain in Wednesday's practice. They expect him to miss at least 2 weeks. We'll see beyond that, as high ankle sprains can often linger.

 
 
 

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