Shark Bites

Browns HC Hue Jackson said Monday that MLB Joe Schobert will be "down for a little while" with the hamstring injury that knocked him out of Sunday's loss to the Chargers, according to the team website. James Burgess replaced Schobert in that game but then left with his own hamstring injury and could also miss further time. Jackson said he and his staff would have to discuss the replacement plan behind Schobert and Burgess. OLB Jamie Collins reached a 90% snap share for just the 3rd time in 6 games against the Chargers and becomes more of an IDP starting option with the injuries in the middle.

Browns MLB Joe Schobert left Sunday's game against the Chargers early with a hamstring injury and we'll not return. We'll see about his status heading into a Week 7 meeting with the Buccaneers.

Browns WR Derek Willies broke his collarbone in Friday's practice, according to insider Scott Petrak. So Cleveland is now without both Willies and WR Rashard Higgins (knee). That leaves Rod Streater as the #3 WR. Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and David Njoku should dominate targets against the Chargers this weekend.

Browns WR Rashard Higgins (knee) is out for Sunday’s game against the Chargers. Derek Willies, who was slated to step in as the #3 WR, was added to the injury report Friday and is listed as questionable with a shoulder. His absence would leave Rod Streater as Cleveland’s #3 WR.

Browns WR Rashard Higgins has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and is considered week-to-week, HC Hue Jackson said Monday. Higgins' absence will leave undrafted rookie Derrick Willies as Cleveland's #3 WR behind Jarvis Landry and Antonio Callaway. Look for Landry, Callaway and David Njoku to dominate targets.

Browns WR Rashard Higgins injured his knee in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Ravens and is doubtful to return. We'll update his status when we learn more.

As expected, Browns LB Christian Kirksey (illness) and S Damarious Randall (heel) are active for today's game against the Ravens. Each guy entered the day questionable but is fine to use as planned in your IDP lineup.

Browns S Damarious Randall is questionable for Sunday's game against the Ravens. He played through a questionable tag on the heel injury at Oakland in Week 4. We'll check on his status Sunday morning.

Browns LB Christian Kirksey is officially questionable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens as he battles the flu. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports that the team expects him to play, however. Plan to have Kirksey in your IDP lineups

Browns HC Hue Jackson suggested Tuesday that RB Nick Chubb's role will grow going forward. "He has to get some," Jackson said of the rookie. "[Carlos] Hyde is playing well, but this guy is scoring touchdowns from long ways away." Chubb turned 3 carries into 105 yards and 2 scores in Sunday's loss to the Raiders. "I was impressed," Jackson continued. "He ran away from some people on the first one and ran away from some people on the second one. It just looked natural and easy. He was gone. They could not touch him." Chubb is now averaging 14.6 yards per carry with 2 scores on 10 attempts. Hyde, meanwhile, has mustered just 3.4 yards per carry. Chubb's role certainly deserves to expand. But until we see it happen, he's just a bench stash in fantasy football.

Browns CB Terrance Mitchell fractured his right forearm in Sunday's loss to the Raiders and might be done for the season, the team has announced. CB T.J. Carrie saw a significant jump in playing time Sunday -- to 74% from 59% and 53% the previous 2 weeks -- and stands the best chance of gaining IDP relevance in Mitchell's absence. E.J. Gaines also played his 1st defensive snaps of the season.

Browns DE Emmanuel Ogbah (ankle) and LB Christian Kirksey (shoulder, ankle) each returned to a limited practice Wednesday. Neither starter has played since getting hurt back in Week 1, and neither put in a single practice last week. We'll keep an eye on their statuses heading into the weekend to see if either player is ready for a full return to game action. Both will return to the weekly IDP radar whenever they are ready. S Damarious Randall, meanwhile, missed Wednesday's practice with a heel injury.

Browns HC Hue Jackson confirmed Monday what everyone suspected after Thursday night: QB Baker Mayfield is taking over the starting job. Tyrod Taylor completed just 48.8% of his passes at 5.5 yards per attempt and a 63.7 QB rating before sustaining a concussion in the win over the Jets. Mayfield came on to go 17-of-23 passing for 201 yards (8.7 YPA) and a 100.1 passer rating. Anyone watching the game could see the rookie sparking a struggling offense. Mayfield carries fantasy upside with his mobility and a solid set of receivers but figures to open as a QB2 -- even in an upside Week 4 matchup at Oakland.

Browns QB Tyrod Taylor left in the 2nd quarter Thursday night’s game against the Jets with a concussion. He has been ruled out and will need to pass through the league protocol before returning. Rookie Baker Mayfield immediately sparked a pass offense that has been struggling under Taylor. This might just remain his job going forward

Browns WR Jarvis Landry is active for tonight’s game against the Jets. He should be in your fantasy lineups

ESPN's Dianna Russini confirms that Browns WR Jarvis Landry (knee) is expected to play against the Jets tonight. Landry's practice reps were limited on the short week, and he's officially listed as questionable. But we've heard no concern about the knee. We'll get Landry's official status around 7 pm ET tonight, but he's safe to pencil into fantasy lineups as a solid WR2.

Browns LB Christian Kirksey is expected to miss his 2nd straight game. He's doubtful for Thursday night's matchup with the Jets because of shoulder and ankle injuries. James Burgess started in Kirksey's place in Week 2 and played 62% of the snaps, which isn't a trustworthy level for IDP usage. Jamie Collins, however, stayed on the field for every snap in Kirksey's absence after playing just 61% of the snaps in Week 1. He's usable in moderately deep IDP leagues with Kirksey out. Cleveland will also miss DE Emmanuel Ogbah again. He's out for the 2nd straight game with an ankle injury.

The Browns list WR Jarvis Landry (knee) as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Jets. He was limited in practice all week, but we've heard nothing to suggest the knee is a real concern. Keep Landry penciled into fantasy lineups for now and check back around 7 pm ET on Thursday night to make sure he's active.

The Browns have signed K Greg Joseph. He'll presumably be replacing K Zane Gonzalez, who has missed 3 of 5 FGs and 2 of 5 XPs to open the season. Joseph lost the Dolphins' battle to Jason Sanders this summer after converting just 69.5% of his career FG attempts at Florida Atlantic. He's not a fantasy option.

UPDATE: The Browns have released Gonzalez.

The Browns have rule LB Christian Kirksey out for Sunday's game in New Orleans. Kirksey's dealing with shoulder and ankle injuries but managed limited practices all week. We'll see about his status heading into Week 3. Cleveland could use James Burgess or Tanner Vallejo in his place. Vallejo is listed as Kirksey's backup, but Burgess has filled in at multiple LB spots for injured starters in the past. Neither will be worth much of a look in IDP leagues. Kirksey's worth holding in redraft leagues of moderate depth.

 
 
 

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