In a week filled with COVID news, here are some injury and potential roster updates for the Cleveland Browns as they head into their Week 10 matchup with the New England Patriots.
As always with the Browns, it is a good news and bad news scenario.
Let’s start with the good news.
The Browns have designated rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah from injured reserve.
The #Browns are designating Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah for return from injured reserve.
— Camryn Justice (@camijustice) November 10, 2021
Owusu-Koramoah suffered a high ankle sprain in the Week 6 Arizona Cardinals game.
He has 21 days to be activated and return to the field.
Coach Stefanski said that JOK will be monitored so it is not yet clear when he will make his return.
Prior to his injury, Owusu-Koramoah was having a fantastic season.
Highest-graded #Browns through nine games (min. 225 snaps):
1️⃣ Myles Garrett, EDGE- 91.9
2️⃣ Wyatt Teller, OG- 89.8
3️⃣ Joel Bitonio, OG- 88.7
4️⃣ Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB- 81.1
T-5️⃣ Denzel Ward, CB- 79.3
T-5️⃣ David Njoku, TE- 79.3 pic.twitter.com/GKQylBpZPI
— PFF CLE Browns (@PFF_Browns) November 9, 2021
His speed and instincts were instrumental in him being essentially all over the field making plays.
Whenever he is ready to return, rest assured the Browns will welcome him back to the lineup with open arms.
The bad news is equally bad especially with vaccinated running backs Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton testing positive for COVID-19 and D’Ernest Johnson being considered a close contact who has tested negative so far.
It involves the status of Kareem Hunt also on injured reserve for a calf sprain.
Hunt is officially out for Week 10.
#Browns will not designate Kareem Hunt for return this week, per coach.
— MoreForYouCleveland (@MoreForYou_CLE) November 10, 2021
Kimberley A. Martin of ESPN has reported that her sources have indicated that Hunt may not return until around December.
Sense I got over the past couple weeks is that Kareem Hunt likely wouldn’t be back until around December… Even before he landed on IR, Hunt had told me he didn’t think he would be 100% rest of the year bcuz of knee/wrist injuries https://t.co/mCRoUoIetK
— KimberLEY A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) November 10, 2021
The Browns’ running back situation for the Patriots game is yet to be determined.
If Chubb and Felton can get two negative tests 24 hours apart, they could be eligible to play.
Whereas last week was OBJ week, this week appears to be COVID-19 week.
The Browns overcame a lot of adversity last week so there is no reason to believe they cannot do it again on Sunday afternoon at Foxboro against Mac Jones and the Patriots.