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Browns DE Olivier Vernon (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Bengals. He barely played in last week's return from a 3-game absence for the injury, so Vernon's knee clearly wasn't ready. DE Chad Thomas is the upside IDP play on the Cleveland D-line.

Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) is officially active and in the starting lineup for today's game against the Bengals. He’s just a fantasy flier in his 1st action since Week 2. But an encouraging outing today will make Njoku a strong option in next week’s dream spot against the Cardinals.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Browns WR Odell Beckham is "playing through a painful sports hernia that will need surgery after the season." That couldn't certainly help to explain why the star WR has underwhelmed all year. Beckham indicated earlier this week that the issue has dogged him since training camp. Beckham remains a fantasy starter for today's matchup against the Bengals. But you might want to consider this news as you make the close calls to finalize your Week 14 lineup.

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The Browns have activated TE David Njoku from IR, making him eligible to play in Sunday’s game against the Bengals. It’s an upside spot, but it’s tough to know how much action Njoku will be ready for. He’s a risk/reward fantasy play for Week 14

Browns DE Olivier Vernon is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals. He put in limited practices Wednesday and Thursday before missing Friday's practice. Vernon barely played in last week's return from his knee injury and doesn't look like a good bet for IDP lineups this week, even if active.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield (hand, ribs) isn’t listed on the final injury report. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. Mayfield has some spot-start appeal in Sunday’s plus matchup against the Bengals’ 26th-ranked QB defense.

Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) is expected to be activated from IR and play against the Bengals this weekend. We'd try not to use him in his 1st action since Week 2. But Njoku is worth stashing for next week's matchup vs. the Cardinals' league-worst TE defense.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield confirmed that he expects to play against the Bengals this weekend after injuring his right hand in Sunday's loss to the Steelers. HC Freddie Kitchens called the injury a contusion. “The X-rays were negative, so that’s good news," Mayfield said. "Just got a little numb, took some medicine and went back out there. So we’ll see.” Mayfield went just 8 of 15 for 98 yards, 0 TDs and 1 INT after returning from the injury for the 2nd half in Pittsburgh.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield smacked his right hand on a follow-through on a late 2nd-quarter pass in Sunday's game against the Steelers. He headed back to the locker room with trainers. We'll see if Mayfield is able to return for the 2nd half or if Cleveland is forced to turn to QB Garrett Gilbert.

Update: Mayfield returned for the start of the 2nd half.

Browns DE Olivier Vernon (knee) is active for today's game against the Steelers. He missed the past 3 games and returns to a lackluster sack matchup. But Vernon's OK for IDP consideration. Cleveland also made the surprising move of making FS Damarious Randall a healthy scratch. Randall reportedly didn't even travel with the team. Scott Petrak of BrownsZone.com writes that "it's likely a disciplinary measure." Juston Burris and Sheldrick Redwine will likely start at safety against the Steelers. Neither is a strong IDP option.

Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) won't play against the Steelers on Sunday. Njoku believes he's ready to go, but the coaching staff evidently isn't ready to throw him back out there yet. Fantasy owners should be hoping Njoku plays in Weeks 14 and 15 against the Bengals and Cardinals.

Browns DE Olivier Vernon (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Steelers. He missed the past 3 games with the injury but put in limited practices all this week. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

Browns MLB Joe Schobert (groin) is active for today's game against the Dolphins. He's ready to use as you normally would in IDP lineups. Despite the "questionable" tag, we never saw any indication that Schobert was in danger of missing the game.

Browns MLB Joe Schobert is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. A groin issue popped up Thursday to limit Schobert's practice, but he returned to full participation Friday. We've seen no indication he's in danger of missing the game, but we'll check Schobert's status Sunday morning.

The Browns have ruled Olivier Vernon (knee) out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. It'll be the 3rd straight game Vernon has missed for his knee injury. Chad Thomas should continue to start in his place. Chris Smith looks like the other starter. He's a 6th-year veteran with just 8.5 career sacks.

Browns HC Freddie Kitchens said Friday afternoon that TE David Njoku (wrist) won't play against the Dolphins this weekend. Njoku returned to practice this week but evidently isn't ready for game action yet. He remains a nice stash with an eye toward Week 14 and 15 matchups against the Bengals and Cardinals.

Browns TE David Njoku is expected to play against the Dolphins on Sunday, according to Cleveland.com's Ellis Williams. Njoku was activated from IR this week after breaking his wrist in Week 2. He posted a 4-37-1 line back in Week 1, but it's unclear how big a role he'll play in his 1st game back. It leaves Njoku as a risky Week 12 fantasy play -- although he's certainly an option at the razor-thin TE position.

Browns TE David Njoku (wrist) has been activated from IR and will practice on Wednesday, according to insider Mary Kay Cabot. Njoku is eligible to play against the Dolphins this weekend, although it's still unclear if he will. He posted a 4-37-1 line in his only full game of the season back in Week 1 and could quickly re-enter the TE1 conversation. Njoku has plus matchups in Week 14 vs. the Bengals and Week 15 vs. the Cardinals.

Browns S Morgan Burnett will miss the rest of the season after tearing his left Achilles' tendon in Thursday night's win over the Steelers. Eric Murray sits behind him on the depth chart but missed Week 11 with his own knee injury. We'll see whether Murray can return for Week 12. We'll also see about the NFL future for the 30-year-old Burnett, who has just 1 cuttable year remaining on his contract. Burnett's not worth holding in dynasty IDP leagues.

The NFL on Friday suspended Browns DE Myles Garrett "at a minimum for the remainder of the regular season and postseason." The league will also require that Garrett meet with the commissioner's office before he is reinstated. We'd bet on the NFL allowing Garrett to start the 2020 season on time. But you should obviously go ahead and dump him from any redraft IDP rosters. DE Chad Thomas should see continued playing time in Garrett's absence. He has filled in at left DE for Olivier Vernon (knee) the past 2 weeks.

 
 
 

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