Shark Bites

Browns TE Austin Hooper didn't practice on Wednesday. He seems unlikely to play against the Raiders this weekend after undergoing an appendectomy last Friday. With Hooper out last week, TE Harrison Bryant saw 5 targets and TE David Njoku 3.

Browns HC Kevin Stefanski confirmed that RB Nick Chubb (knee) won't play against the Raiders this weekend. Stefanski added that Chubb is "on schedule" in his rehab and "they'll see" if he's ready to go after the Week 9 bye. We'll continue to monitor his progress. Kareem Hunt gets at least 1 more game as Cleveland's feature back on Sunday.

Browns WR Odell Beckham has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the 2020 season. A smooth rehab should have him ready for the start of the 2021 campaign. His absence leaves Jarvis Landry as Cleveland's clear top WR the rest of the way. Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones look like the #2 and #3 WRs. Higgins ran a route on 97% of QB Baker Mayfield's drop backs yesterday, posting a 6-110 line on 6 targets. Peoples-Jones posted a 72% route rate and 3-56-1 line on 3 targets. Higgins is worth grabbing in fantasy leagues of 12+ teams. Peoples-Jones is a deeper-league stash.

Browns WR Odell Beckham is "feared to have suffered a major knee injury," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Beckham is scheduled for an MRI on the left knee on Monday morning to get an official diagnosis. We should know his fate by tomorrow afternoon. Beckham's absence would seemingly leave Rashard Higgins and Donovan Peoples-Jones as Cleveland's #2 and #3 WRs behind Jarvis Landry.

Browns WR Odell Beckham appeared to suffer a knee injury trying to make a tackle after a Baker Mayfield INT in the 1st quarter of Sunday's game against the Bengals. He limped off to the locker room with trainers. Stay tuned for an update.

Update: The Browns are calling Beckham questionable to return.

Update: Beckham has been ruled out for the rest of the game. That leaves Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins as Cleveland's top 2 WRs.

The Browns website reports that rookie TE Harrison Bryant will start in Austin Hooper's absence against the Bengals today. That points to him likely getting more snaps than veteran David Njoku. Keep the situation in mind if you're reaching way down the list for a TE replacement this week.

Browns S Karl Joseph (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Bengals. But the team website reports that S Ronnie Harrison is expected to start over him.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield (ribs) practiced all week and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll start Sunday’s game against the Bengals but is just a low-end QB2 in fantasy lineups.

Browns TE Austin Hooper missed practice on Friday with an illness and has been ruled out for this weekend's game against the Bengals. Hooper doesn't have COVID, but teams aren't taking any chances with sick guys this season. Hooper's absence leaves Cleveland with TEs David Njoku and rookie Harrison Bryant. In their 3 games together this year, Njoku has 7 targets to Bryant's 5 but Bryant has run 34 pass routes to Njoku's 28. Expect these guys to share pass-catching duties this weekend, leaving them both as TE2 fliers.

Update: HC Kevin Stefanski announced that Hooper has appendicitis and is having surgery today. We'll see if he can make it back for Week 8.

Browns WR Jarvis Landry revealed Thursday that he suffered a broken rib in the Week 5 win over the Colts. He played his usual allotment of snaps last week, finishing with 3 catches on 5 targets in the blowout loss to Pittsburgh. Landry figures to continue playing through the injury, but it adds weekly risk that he'll aggravate it and miss snaps.

Browns HC Kevin Stefanski said he pulled QB Baker Mayfield from Sunday's game in Pittsburgh because of his rib injury and that Mayfield is still the starter when healthy. We'll keep an eye on Mayfield's status this coming week. He has a much easier Week 7 draw vs. the Bengals.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield was pulled late in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. No word yet on whether he's hurt or benched. Mayfield entered this one dealing with a rib injury and struggled mightily, completing 10 of 18 passes for 119 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs. He was sacked 4 times. QB Case Keenum is in for Cleveland.

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Browns WR Jarvis Landry (hip, ribs) is active for today’s game vs. the Steelers. He only got in a limited practice on Friday and figures to be playing at less than 100% today.

Browns WR Odell Beckham (illness) is active for today’s game against the Steelers. He should be available for his usual role, despite missing Thursday and Friday’s practices.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield (ribs) is active for today’s game against the Steelers. At less than 100% vs. a defense that brings a ton of pressure, he’s a shaky QB2.

Browns QB Baker Mayfield (ribs) will start against the Steelers today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. There was never much concern about Mayfield's availability, especially after he put in a full practice on Friday. He still figures to be operating at less than 100% today, though, adding risk to his fantasy profile.

Browns WRs Odell Beckham (illness) and Jarvis Landry (ribs, hip) are expected to play against the Steelers today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. OBJ got the green light when he turned in his 2nd negative COVID test. Landry only got in a limited practice on Friday this week, so he figures to be operating at less than 100% today.

Browns WR Odell Beckham is "good to go" for Sunday's game against the Steelers after his 2nd COVID test came back negative, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports. So OBJ is safe to get into Week 6 fantasy lineups.

The Browns have ruled S Karl Joseph (hamstring) and S Ronnie Harrison (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Steelers. That should leave Sheldrick Redwine starting next to Andrew Sendejo at the back of Cleveland's secondary. Pittsburgh has shortened its passing game early this season vs. the past couple of years, but Cleveland's safety situation could motivate some deeper shots this Sunday. Either way, it's certainly not bad news for Ben Roethlisberger, TE Eric Ebron and deep-threat WRs Chase Claypool and James Washington.

Browns WR Odell Beckham (illness) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game against the Steelers. He was sent home sick on Thursday and tested for COVID. That came back negative, but Beckham still needs 1 more negative test before he can re-join the team. He should be available on Sunday, but stay tuned to Shark Bites for updates.


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