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The Browns defense will be without NT Danny Shelton (chest) and slot CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun (knee) are inactive for today's game against the Packers. That shouldn't impact IDP owners, but it can only help Green Bay RB Jamaal Williams and WR Randall Cobb.

The forecast for today's Packers-Browns game calls for temperatures in the low 30s with winds of 15-25 mph. That's enough wind to impact the passing games, although meteorologist Kevin Roth notes that it'll be a "with-the-field" wind, rather than a cross-wind. We'd still avoid both Ks in this game and give a slight bump down to the passing attacks.

Browns HC Hue Jackson said Monday that he has "big plans" for WR Josh Gordon, who's eligible to play this weekend. "Play him as much as he can handle," Jackson added. It makes plenty of sense for Cleveland to see what it has in Gordon for the rest of this lost season. From a fantasy perspective, we'd make him produce his way into your lineup. Gordon hasn't played in a meaningful NFL game since December 2014.

Browns run-game coordinator Kirby Wilson says the team wants to have RB Duke Johnson on the field "as much as possible because we believe so strongly in him as a playmaker," according to the Akron Beacon Journal. Week 10 saw Johnson play his largest snap share since the season opener, but last week found him back down a bit: 49% compared with 59%. Johnson has caught 4+ passes in 4 straight games, though, after reaching that number just twice through the 1st 6. He scored on a 27-yard catch last week and totaled 88 yards the game before. Cleveland would be wise to increase his playing time against the Bengals on Sunday.

Browns HC Hue Jackson said he'll stick with QB DeShone Kizer for the rest of the season. "Where we are right now, I need to continue to see him" Jackson said after Sunday's loss to the Jags. "Let's let him play. Let's let him play this thing out. As long as he's healthy, let's keep putting him out there. I want to walk away from this season knowing exactly what DeShone Kizer is top to bottom." It makes plenty of sense for the winless Browns to get some more tape on Kizer. The rookie was predictably swallowed up by the Jaguars yesterday but turned in 1 of his better performances of the season the previous week. He's still no more than a low-end QB2 for fantasy the rest of the way.

Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah broke his right foot in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars and will miss the rest of the season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Ogbah entered Sunday tied for the team lead with 4 sacks and tied for 2nd among Browns with 5 total QB hits. DE Carl Nassib figures to absorb some snaps and perhaps take over Ogbah's vacated spot.

The Browns officially added WR Corey Coleman to the active roster on Thursday. He'll play this weekend for the 1st time since breaking his hand in mid-September. Coleman should quickly re-emerge as the top option in Cleveland's passing attack. His problems are shoddy QB play and the league's toughest remaining WR schedule. Don't consider him more than a WR3 the rest of the way -- and a WR4 in this week's brutally tough matchup against Jacksonville.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns OLB Jamie Collins will miss the rest of the season after tearing his right MCL in Sunday's loss to the Lions. That positions James Burgess to assume Collins' starting role, but he doesn't bring anywhere near the scoring upside.

Browns QB DeShone Kizer suffered a rib injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Detroit. He's officially questionable to return. We'll update the rookie's status when we learn more.

Update: Kizer returned in the 4th quarter.

Browns OLB Jamie Collins left Sunday's game against the Lions in the 1st quarter with a knee injury and is questionable to return.

Browns WR Corey Coleman (hand) has been designated 1 of the team's to-return-from-IR players and will practice on Monday. It means that he's on track to return when 1st eligible in Week 11. Coleman figures to quickly re-emerge as Cleveland's top WR. The problems are that he'll be playing in the league's 22nd-ranked passing offense and face a brutal schedule that includes 4 top-10 WR defenses among the last 6 games.

The Browns "hope" to have WR Josh Gordon ready to play when he's 1st eligible in Week 13 against the Chargers, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He's allowed to re-join the team on Tuesday but can't practice until November 27. With just a week of practice before that Week 13 game, Gordon would likely play a limited role. It'd also be his first regular-season action since December of 2014 -- a nearly 3 year layoff. Gordon's return is an exciting story, but it's still tough to imagine being able to trust him in lineups during the fantasy playoffs. His Week 14 through 16 opponents rank 19th, 1st and 10th in Adjusted Fantasy Points Allowed to WRs.

The NFL on Wednesday conditionally reinstated Browns WR Josh Gordon. "Effective immediately, Gordon may join the Browns to attend meetings, engage in conditioning work and individual workouts," the league stated in a release. "Subject to compliance with clinical and other requirements, he will be placed on the Commissioner's Exempt list and be permitted to practice with the team beginning on Monday, November 20. Beginning Monday, November 27, Gordon will be eligible at the team's discretion to return to active status or to remain on the Commissioner's Exempt list for an additional week before returning to active status." The key date here is Nov. 27. We'll see if the Browns want to activate him after Thanksgiving. If they do, he'll be eligible to play the final 5 games -- final 4 of most fantasy seasons. That would return him for a tough run that includes road games at the Chargers (Week 13), Bears (Week 16 and Steelers (Week 17), plus a home date with Baltimore (Week 15). Gordon will be worth a shot in many leagues, but don't go nuts over him, especially in an offense with the league's worst QB situation.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that WR Josh Gordon is set to meet with the NFL on Wednesday and that "reinstatement could soon be near." Gordon last played in a regular-season game in December 2014. As we've seen with Martavis Bryant this year, it's impossible to know what kind of impact such a long layoff will have. Gordon is still only 26, though, and led the league with 1,646 receiving yards back in 2013. Don't go dropping anyone of value for him, but he's worth adding if you have an open roster space.

Browns RB Duke Johnson exited in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game to be checked for a concussion. We'll update his status when we learn more. Johnson previously sustained a concussion in August of 2015.

Update: Johnson cleared the protocol. He'll be available when Cleveland comes out of its Week 9 bye.

The Browns have ruled CB Jason McCourty (ankle) out for the 2nd straight game. That leaves Cleveland without its top cover guy and enhances the matchup for Vikings WR Stefon Diggs.

Browns DE Myles Garrett didn't travel with the team to London and will not play Sunday morning against the Vikings. That takes a strong-performing IDP out of contention and only helps Vikings QB Case Keenum in an already-decent matchup. He's worth a look as a cheap DFS option against a Cleveland D that Football Outsiders rates #2 in run D.

The Browns have entered DE Myles Garrett into the concussion protocol after he reported to team facilities Tuesday with concussion-like symptoms. That certainly doesn't bode well for his availability for Sunday morning's game against the Vikings. We'll see how the rookie progresses. Carl Nassib would likely start in Garrett's place if he misses time.

Browns HC Hue Jackson named QB DeShone Kizer his starter for Sunday's game against the Vikings. The rookie has been benched in both of his last 2 starts and is even-money to make it through this weekend's game in London. Kizer isn't an option in any fantasy format.

Browns LT Joe Thomas suffered a torn triceps in Sunday's loss to the Titans and will miss the rest of the season. That's obviously bad news for the entire Cleveland offense, which has already struggled wildly. On the IDP side, it's great news for Vikings DE Everson Griffen, who will play right end in the Browns' 1st game without Thomas since they drafted him back in 2007. After a Week 9 bye, Detroit's Ezekiel Ansah and then Jacksonville's loaded pass rush get turns.

 
 
 

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