The Browns have agreed to a 3-year deal with DT Sheldon Richardson, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That will land Richardson in a Cleveland D-line that will also feature 3rd-year DT Larry Ogunjobi and DEs Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon. There's room for all 4 players to deliver solid-to-strong IDP numbers. And the Cleveland defense has a chance to be strong in both real life and fantasy. Richardson posted 4.5 sacks in his lone Vikings season, matching his 2nd best total. He topped out at 8 back in 2014, his 2nd season in the league. Richardson will turn 29 in November.
The Giants on Friday traded OLB Olivier Vernon to the Browns for G Kevin Zeitler. That news looks biggest for IDP owners, who could afford to pay Vernon no attention as a LB battling an ankle injury. With Cleveland, Vernon should return to primarily playing 4-3 DE opposite Myles Garrett. That immediately increases his fantasy value and puts him in a potentially nice situation. Vernon figures to jump back into our top 20 D-linemen for 2019.
The Browns announced Wednesday that they've released LB Jamie Collins. The move provides $9.25 million in cap space ahead of free agency. Collins arrived via trade midway through the 2016 season and then signed a 4-year extension the following January. He made it through just 2 years of that contract. Collins rebounded from losing 10 games to injury in 2017 and played every contest last season. He finished in high-LB3 territory for fantasy purposes. Collins should garner at least 1 more starting opportunity. He'll turn 30 in mid-October.
Browns CB Denzel Ward left Sunday's win over the Bengals after suffering his 2nd concussion within a month. Ward had missed the previous 2 games with his 1st career concussion before returning Sunday. The rookie is likely done for the year after this latest setback.
Browns S Jabrill Peppers (neck) and DT Larry Ogunjobi (biceps) are active for today's game against the Bengals. Each entered the day questionable. Each is just a lower-level IDP option.
The Browns have ruled CB Denzel Ward (concussion) out for Saturday's game against the Broncos. That leaves Cleveland without its top cover man. It doesn't significantly boost the outlook for anyone in Denver's young WR corps, though.
Browns DT Larry Ogunjobi (biceps) is active for today's game against the Panthers. Ogunjobi is just a low-level IDP candidate.
The Browns have ruled CB Denzel Ward (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. DT Larry Ogunjobi (biceps) is questionable. He left last week's game early, opened the practice week on the sideline and then returned for a pair of limited workouts. The matchup's nothing special, though. Ogunjobi's not worth waiting for in most IDP leagues. We'll update his status Sunday morning anyway.
Browns S Damarious Randall (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Texans. He popped up on the injury report after a limited Friday practice, but HC Gregg Williams indicated the move was more precautionary than reason for worry. Play Randall as you normally would in IDP lineups.
Browns S Damarious Randall is questionable for Sunday's game at Houston after a hamstring issue limited his practice Friday. Randall didn't appear on the injury report the previous 2 days, so it seems the injury arose Friday. HC Gregg Williams said he's not particularly worried and indicated the limitation was precautionary. We'll check Randall's status Sunday morning.
The Browns expect CB Denzel Ward (hip) to play today against the Falcons, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He returned for limited practices Thursday and Friday after missing Wednesday. Ward should be set to see plenty of Falcons WR Julio Jones.
Browns MLB Joe Schobert (hamstring), S Damarious Randall (groin) and CB Denzel Ward (hip) are questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Schobert put in limited practices all week after missing the past 3 games. Randall got a full practice in Friday after limited workouts the previous 2 days. Ward returned to limited practices the past 2 days after sitting out Wednesday. Randall looks like the safest bet to play. We'll see about all 3 Sunday morning.
Browns LB Jamie Collins missed Wednesday's practice with a sprained ankle but is expected to return Thursday, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. We'll keep an eye on Collins' status heading into the weekend.
Browns MLB Joe Schobert returned to a limited practice Wednesday for the 1st time since he suffered the hamstring injury back in Week 6. Schobert then missed the past 3 games. We'll see if he's ready to play Sunday against the Falcons. If he is, Schobert and Jamie Collins will be the Cleveland LBs to use. Browns S Damarious Randall also put in a limited practice Wednesday after missing the loss to the Chiefs with a groin injury. Randall has dealt with multiple injuries throughout the season but practiced just once over the past 2 weeks (Friday of Week 8). Randall's Wednesday participation seems to put him on track to play against the Falcons, which should also put him in IDP lineups.
The Browns have placed LB Christian Kirksey on IR because of the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. That ends his season and could leave the Browns without 2 of their starting LBs for the Week 10 clash with Atlanta. MLB Joe Schobert has missed the past 3 games with his own hamstring injury. We'll see if he can make it back to the field this week, but he has yet to even practice since suffering the injury. Jamie Collins should be a safe bet for full playing time the rest of the way. Kirksey started at Schobert's middle spot against K.C., with rookie Genard Avery on the weak side. Avery looks like a good bet for more than 50% playing time the rest of the way now and could stick in the 60-75% range -- especially if Schobert remains out. Tanner Vallejo replaced Kirksey after last Sunday's injury and would likely enter the Week 10 lineup if Schobert sits again. Avery's worth a pickup in many IDP leagues this week, bringing pass-rushing upside to go with his recent playing-time upswing.
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