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The Browns are placing MLB Anthony Walker on IR with a hamstring strain. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Walker “should” be back in 3 weeks. Walker was the only full-timer at the position for Cleveland in Week 1. Rookie Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah ranked 2nd among the group in playing time but stayed on the field for just 38% of snaps. We’ll see how things sort out in Walker’s absence. JOK carries the most IDP upside, if he gets primary playing time

Browns S Ronnie Harrison got ejected in the 1st quarter of Sunday's opener against the Chiefs. He stepped on a K.C. player who was on the ground and then hit a Chiefs coach in the chest. (The 2nd move was likely what got him booted.) We'll see whether Harrison faces any further missed time.

Browns S Ronnie Harrison (ankle) and DE Jadeveon Clowney (illness) are active for today’s game against the Chiefs

Browns DE Jadeveon Clowney (illness) and S Ronnie Harrison (ankle) are questionable or Sunday's opener against the Chiefs. Clowney missed practice Wednesday and Thursday but returned to a limited Friday workout. Harrison closed out the week with a full Friday workout after being limited Wednesday and Thursday. We'll check the status of both players Sunday morning.

Browns LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah missed Sunday night's preseason finale because of a "freak" weightlifting accident that left him with a gash in his forehead, according to Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot. The rookie needed stitches, then missed the rest of the practice week and the exhibition because he couldn't wear a helmet over the injury. Cabot believes JOK still has a shot at starting the regular-season opener against the Chiefs because of the athletic ability he has showed in camp and preseason. We have yet to see Owusu-Koramoah work in that role yet, though. For now, he's a late stash in deeper IDP drafts, with big upside.

Browns LB Jacob Phillips suffered a torn biceps tendon Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That likely ends the season for the 2nd-year LB. Phillips had been competing for a starting job in a fairly open Cleveland LB corps. With him out, Mack Wilson, Sione Takitaki and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah will compete for OLB spots.

The Browns have placed rookie LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah on the COVID list. That, of course, could mean a positive test or a high-risk exposure. We'll see how long the designation keeps the 2nd-rounder out and whether we should expect any lingering impact.

The Browns grabbed LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL Draft. JOK is light, at 221 pounds, but he flies to the ball and specialized in impact plays for the Irish. That included 24.5 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 7 INTs and 5 forced fumbles over his 2 seasons at Notre Dame. Cleveland traded up to get Owusu-Koramoah, who figures to compete for a full-time job right away.

CB Greg Newsome went to the Browns with the 26th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Newsome defensed 10 passes last season to lead the Big Ten, despite playing in just 6 games. He also lost multiple games to injuries in each of his 3 seasons at Northwestern, though, with a groin issue the most recent culprit. We’ll see if he can prove more durable in the NFL. Newsome will need to compete with Greedy Williams for a starting gig in 2021.

The Browns have agreed to a 1-year deal with DE Jadeveon Clowney, worth up to $10 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Clowney played in just 8 games in his lone season with the Titans, registering no sacks before landing on IR for meniscus surgery. Pro Football Focus credited him with a solid 28 total pressures, though. In Cleveland, Clowney should find a positive situation. He figures to line up opposite DE Myles Garrett along a talented D-line. Clowney's mere 3 total sacks in 2 years since leaving Houston should also keep his ADP down in IDP fantasy football leagues. Clowney looks like he'll be a low-risk, high-upside DL option come draft time. He's heading into just his age-28 season.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that LB Anthony Walker is signing a 1-year, $3.5 million deal with the Browns. That's not necessarily starter money, but Walker should compete for starter-level playing time in a shaky and unproven Cleveland LB corps. Walker was a solid player for the Colts, though he's coming off his worst overall Pro Football Focus grade through 4 seasons (by far). Walker also ceded the #2 LB role to Bobby Okereke in 2020. We'll see how the Browns' group shakes out.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Browns will be signing S John Johnson. The former Ram finished 3 of the past 4 years among the top 11 safeties in Pro Football Focus grading. His signing likely means Cleveland doesn't view Ronnie Harrison as starter material for 2021. We'd bet they hope 2020 second-round pick Grant Delpit is ready to start next to Johnson. Delpit missed all of his rookie season with a torn Achilles' tendon, so we'll have to see about his readiness this summer. He and Johnson would make for a nice pair at the position, each with versatility to play multiple roles in the formation.

Browns DE Myles Garrett (shoulder), DT Sheldon Richardson (neck) and CB Terrance Mitchell (non-injury) are all active for tonight's game against the Steelers. Each entered the night questionable.

The Browns announced Saturday that CB Denzel Ward won't come off the COVID list in time to face the Steelers on Sunday. Slot CB Kevin Johnson will also remain on the list. That leaves Cleveland down at least 2 of its top 3 corners against pass-heavy Pittsburgh. And we're waiting to see whether CB Terrance Mitchell will play. He's questionable with a non-injury issue.

The Browns have activated S Ronnie Harrison, TE Harrison Bryant and LB Malcolm Smith from the COVID list. That makes all 3 available for Sunday's game against the Steelers. None figures to be a big fantasy factor. Harrison carries nice tackle upside for IDP lineups, though, against a pass-heavy Pittsburgh offense.

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