It is Thursday, January 5, 2023, and the Cleveland Browns prepare to travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in the Week 18 2022 regular-season finale.
Injury news tops the Thursday edition of Browns Nation news and notes.
Wednesday Injury Report Includes One Surprising Name
Coach Stefanski indicated earlier in the week that it was unclear if they would be healthy and ready to play against Pittsburgh.
The fact that they did not practice on Wednesday is not surprising.
— Chris Easterling (@ceasterlingABJ) January 4, 2023
What is surprising is that D’Ernest Johnson showed up on the Wednesday injury report.
He did not practice because of a shoulder issue.
Is This Kareem Hunt’s Last Hurrah?
This is likely the final time Browns fans will see Kareem Hunt in a Browns uniform.
I can’t picture a scenario where Kareem Hunt is in Cleveland after this season. There’s too much depth at the position and the #Browns had no interest in a contract extension last off-season, even though Hunt made it known he’d be more than willing to stay in CLE long-term.
— Noah Weiskopf (@BrownsWithNoah) January 4, 2023
This is bittersweet because Hunt is a native Ohioan, and he flip-flopped between wanting to stay and wanting to be traded this season.
In the end, the Browns did not trade him, and they did not offer him an extension.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 22, 2022
He will be a free agent at the end of this season.
Larry Ogunjobi Has Played For 75% Of AFC North Teams
While it is normal for players to play for multiple teams during the course of their NFL careers, they generally do not stay within the same division.
That is not the case for defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi, currently of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Former Bengals DT Larry Ogunjobi is signing a one-year deal with the Steelers, per @AdamSchefter
He will now have played for every team in the AFC North but the Ravens pic.twitter.com/AR7llNEDKz
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) June 21, 2022
Ogunjobi played three seasons for the Browns (2018-2020), and one for the Bengals (2021) and is a Steeler in 2022.
Since he becomes a free agent following the 2022 season, will a stint in Baltimore be up next so he could play for every AFC North team?
Though he is dealing with a toe injury, Ogunjobi is expected to face off against his former team, the Browns, on Sunday.
Happy Thursday Browns fans!