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Browns RB Nick Chubb (calf) is expected back for Sunday's game vs. the Steelers, barring a setback in practice this week, according to insider Josina Anderson. We'll track Chubb's progress over the next few days. Despite RB D'Ernest Johnson's impressive Week 7, Chubb should return as Cleveland's feature back.

Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said Friday that he's "hopeful" to get RB Nick Chubb (calf) back for Week 8. We'll keep an eye on Chubb's status when Cleveland gets back to work next week. Despite RB D'Ernest Johnson's impressive outing in Thursday night's win over the Broncos, a healthy Chubb will be the Browns' feature back until Kareem Hunt returns from his calf injury.

Fox Sports' Erin Andrews reported just before kickoff that Browns WR Donovan Peoples-Jones is questionable with a groin injury. It must have happened in pregame warmups. We'll see if he ends up playing tonight.

Browns DE Jadeveon Clowney is active for tonight's game against the Broncos. He entered questionable with multiple injuries but should be good to go or an upside sack matchup.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reports that Browns QB Baker Mayfield has a fractured humerus bone in his left shoulder, in addition to the torn labrum. He needs that fracture to heal before he'll be cleared to play. Mayfield told Glazer that he's "hoping" to return next week, but that feels unlikely. We'll keep you updated on the situation.

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7:05pm EDT 10/21/21

Browns WR Jarvis Landry (knee) is active for tonight’s game vs. the Broncos. It’s unclear how big a role he'll play in his 1st action since Week 2. And he’ll be catching passes from backup QB Case Keenum.

Browns WR Odell Beckham (shoulder) is active for tonight's game against the Broncos. It's a surprise after reports over the past 24 hours that Beckham has a Grade 3 AC joint injury and was facing an "uphill battle" to play tonight. He might be limited and is at risk of re-injuring that shoulder.

Browns WR Jarvis Landry (knee) has been activated from IR, making him eligible to play vs. the Broncos tonight. It'll be his first action since Week 2. There's a chance that Landry steps into the lead WR role with Odell Beckham likely out. But there's also a chance he's limited in his first game back. Backup QB Case Keenum also adds risk to Landry's Week 7 fantasy profile.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield is expected to need surgery on his left shoulder, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The surgery can reportedly be delayed until after this season. "The belief is he can deal with it through the season, but incurring more damage would make it challenging," Rapoport adds. Mayfield is out for Thursday night's game vs. the Broncos, but it sounds like he'll try to make it back for Week 8.

NFL Network's James Palmer hears that it'll be an "uphill battle" for Browns WR Odell Beckham (shoulder) to play vs. the Broncos tonight. Beckham is reportedly dealing with a Grade 3 AC joint injury. His status beyond Week 7 is uncertain. WR Jarvis Landry, meanwhile, has a "very good chance" to be activated from IR and return from his knee injury tonight, according to Palmer. There would be targets up for grabs with Beckham out. But Landry would be a risky fantasy play in his first game back and with Case Keenum under center.

Browns DE Jadeveon Clowney is questionable for Thursday night's game against the Broncos. He's listed with ankle, chest and knee issues but put in limited practice participation throughout this condensed week. Clowney played through a questionable tag or his normal snap share Sunday against the Cardinals. So we'd bet on him playing. But we'll update his status when Thursday night inactives are announced.

Browns insider Camryn Justice hears that WR Jarvis Landry (knee) has a "real chance" to return for Thursday night's game vs. the Broncos. Cleveland has until 4 pm ET tomorrow to activate Landry for the game. The Browns could certainly use him with WR Odell Beckham iffy with his shoulder injury and RBs Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt out. Landry would be a shaky fantasy play, though, in his 1st game back and with Case Keenum under center.

Browns WR Odell Beckham (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Broncos. He didn't practice at all this week. Insider Josina Anderson reports that Beckham suffered a Grade 3 AC joint injury -- the most severe -- in last week's loss to the Cardinals. He's reportedly going to try to play through it and is a game-time decision for tomorrow night. Between his shoulder injury and QB Baker Mayfield's absence, Beckham is an extremely shaky Week 7 fantasy play.

Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said Wednesday that QB Baker Mayfield (shoulder) is out for Thursday night's game vs. the Broncos and that QB Case Keenum will get the start. "Baker obviously wants to be out there but just couldn’t make it on a short week," Stefanski said. “We know he will continue to do everything in his power to return as quickly as possible." We'll see if Mayfield can make it back for Week 8. Keenum, meanwhile, will make his 1st start since Week 17 of the 2019 season. The 33-year-old has 62 career starts under his belt and sports a 62.3% completion rate, 6.9 yards-per-attempt average and 75 TDs vs. 47 INTs. Keenum is a capable backup but still a downgrade from Mayfield.

Browns WR Odell Beckham (shoulder) did not practice on Tuesday. He played through this injury last week, so we're expecting him to be out there for Thursday night's game vs. Denver. But check back tomorrow for another update.

Browns HC Kevin Stefanski ruled RB Nick Chubb (calf) out for Thursday night's game against the Broncos. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 8. Cleveland will roll with D'Ernest Johnson, Demetric Felton and John Kelly in the backfield vs. Denver.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield expects to play vs. the Broncos on Thursday night. "It's my decision," Mayfield said. "I get to say whether I play or not and that's just how it is." Alrighty then. Mayfield's left shoulder injury doesn't require surgery "immediately," according to ESPN's Jake Trotter. He'll be at risk of re-injury for the rest of the season, though. Mayfield is a shaky Week 7 fantasy play in what figures to be a low-scoring game vs. Denver.

Buffalo
12:32pm EDT 10/19/21

The Browns placed RB Kareem Hunt (calf) on IR. It's confirmation that he'll miss at least the next 3 weeks. We'll see if Hunt is ready to go when first eligible in Week 10. In a corresponding move, Cleveland promoted RB John Kelly from the practice squad to the active roster for Thursday night's game vs. the Broncos.

Update: HC Kevin Stefanski said Tuesday that Hunt is expected to miss in the “ballpark” of 4-6 weeks.

Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said Monday that he's "not ruling out" RB Nick Chubb playing Thursday night against the Broncos, according to ESPN's Jake Trotter. "He's progressing," the coach added. We'll see what happens over the next few days. Make sure you set up insurance if Chubb would be in your fantasy football lineup, though.

The Browns expect LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah to miss multiple weeks after suffering a high-ankle sprain late in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals. It's unfortunate timing after the rookie led Cleveland LBs in playing time each of the past 2 games. With him out, expect veteran LB Anthony Walker to reclaim the top job and deliver solid tackle production for IDP lineups.

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