With one day until the season finale, the Cleveland Browns are making final preparations for the Cincinnati Bengals to come to town.
Here are the Browns Nation news and notes for Saturday, January 8, 2022.
1. Friday Injury Report
Another prevalent theme for the 2021 season is a long injury report, and that is still true for the final week.
There were several players limited at Friday’s practice including Nick Chubb, Jadeveon Clowney, Ronnie Harrison Jr., Troy Hill, Kareem Hunt, John Johnson III, Elijah Lee, Malik McDowell, David Njoku, Denzel Ward, and Greedy Williams.
— Fred Greetham (@FredGreetham9) January 7, 2022
Final Browns injury report for Sunday:
QUESTIONABLE: S Ronnie Harrison, CB Troy Hill, RB Kareem Hunt, S John Johnson III, TE David Njoku, CB Denzel Ward, CB Greedy Williams
— Andrew Gribble (@Andrew_Gribble) January 7, 2022
Nick Chubb, Malik McDowell, Elijah Lee, and Jadeveon Clowney, despite being listed as limited on the injury report, are not listed as questionable for the game.
With no injury status, we can assume they will play.
2. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Is A Star In The Making
The Browns 2021 second-round pick Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is having an outstanding season.
His speed, agility, and versatility were on display throughout the year.
Defensive coordinator Joe Wood believes this is just the beginning: JOK promises to be a fun player to watch for years to come.
“I think the sky’s the limit. He’s so dynamic in so many different areas…I think throughout the season as he got more comfortable you saw his abilities…I think he can be a dynamic player for a long time for us.”
#Browns Joe Woods on Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah:
"I think the sky's the limit. He's so dynamic in so many different areas…I think throughout the season as he got more comfortable you saw his abilities…I think he can be a dynamic player for a long time for us."
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) January 6, 2022
3. More Doug Dieken Tidbits
Dieken will be in the radio broadcasting booth one last time this weekend for the Browns vs. Bengals game.
He has been a fixture in the Browns organization as a player, broadcaster, and in the community for 50 years.
Here are two tidbits about Dieken that are just some of the reasons fans love him so much.
When he played, the players had jobs in the offseason to support themselves as the salaries were much lower.
Dieken was a substitute teacher who once had to teach German.
Doug Dieken on players having to have jobs in the off season:
"I was a substitute teacher…one time I had to teach German." pic.twitter.com/X9aUVqyDgM
— ESPN Cleveland (@ESPNCleveland) January 5, 2022
When the Browns moved to Baltimore, Art Modell offered him a job.
“Nah, I’m a Clevelander.”
Art Modell offered Doug Dieken a job when the Browns moved to Baltimore. "Nah, I'm a Clevelander" was his response.
— Anthony Y. (@hunkura) January 6, 2022
Generations of fans will miss Dieken and hope he enjoys retirement.
Happy Saturday Browns Fans!