It has been a frustrating start to the season for the Cleveland Browns.
This roster has played well below expectations through the first seven games.
It doesn’t help that this roster has been destroyed by injuries lately.
In fact, the Browns have listed 17 players on their injury report ahead of their Week 8 battle with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
#Browns–#Steelers injury report. pic.twitter.com/nSYlXPWFfo
— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) October 27, 2021
Sadly, it’s not a joke.
The injuries have piled up for Cleveland, but hopefully some of these players can get back on the field soon.
Offensive Starters Returning?
One of the biggest names on the injury report is quarterback Baker Mayfield.
He sat out last week’s win over the Denver Broncos.
Veteran quarterback Case Keenum received the start and was in line to play against the Steelers.
However, it sounds like Mayfield is doing everything in his power to get back on the field.
Despite suffering significant injuries, Mayfield wants to get back on the field versus Pittsburgh.
Kevin Stefanski says QB Baker Mayfield will get the starter’s reps in practice today. Case Keenum, the backup reps. #Browns
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) October 27, 2021
It’s uncertain if an injured Mayfield would be a better option, but fans will have to wait and see.
However, it would be tough for either quarterback to succeed with all the current injuries on offense.
Luckily, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is back to practice, while Jarvis Landry and Donovan Peoples-Jones remain absent.
Also, superstar running back Nick Chubb was limited in practice, which is a positive sign.
The Browns might be able to piece together a halfway decent offense for this matchup against Pittsburgh.
They will need a few of their playmakers otherwise it could get ugly fast for Cleveland.
Beating The Odds
Obviously, having 17 players on the injury report is never something any team wants.
There is a good chance that a majority of them sit out this game.
The defense could be shorthanded with Jadeveon Clowney and Denzel Ward remaining out of practice.
It would be a significant hit to the defense, assuming both players are forced to sit out.
Although, the Browns could get some upgrades at linebacker with Malcolm Smith and Mack Wilson both limited and possible to return.
There isn’t a ton of good news for Browns fans heading into this matchup with Pittsburgh.
They’ve lost quite a few key starting players, but at least they aren’t out with long-term injuries.
The hope is that these players can get back on the field soon and help Cleveland in the second half of the season.
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