Gabriel was known to be dealing with an injury this offseason, though it was assumed to be related to the fractured orbital he suffered in Week 17 versus Pittsburgh. Now, his foot appears to be the reason he can't practice. As was the case when Gabriel was assumed to be dealing with an eye injury, the Browns' lack of concern suggests this mysterious foot injury isn't a big deal either. However, his lack of production since joining a desolate receiving corps, coupled with how the Browns selected five receivers in the first five rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft (or one less than the entire NFC), paints Gabriel as a borderline candidate to crack the 53-man roster come August.
There wasn't a reason cited for Gabriel's lack of participation in practice, but the fractured orbital he suffered in Week 17 against the Steelers could have something to do with it. Despite not fully partaking in the session, the lack of concern from the team and the fact that he was able to work out on the side indicates that whatever is keeping him out isn't all too serious. It's expected that he'll slot in as one of the team's fringe receivers when he returns, a comparable role to his first two seasons, which saw him total 64 receptions for 862 yards and a touchdown.
Taylor Gabriel suffered a fractured orbital during Sunday's loss to the Steelers.
Gabriel may need surgery to repair his orbital socket, but this isn't an issue that's likely to impact his availability for offseason activities. Following a surprisingly effective rookie season in 2014, the former undrafted free agent caught just 28 passes for 241 yards on 48 targets in a miserable and injury-plagued sophomore campaign. Gabriel should have the inside track to a roster spot next season, though it's nearly impossible to say what the Cleveland offense might look like.
Taylor Gabriel (non-injury related) is active Sunday against the Chiefs.
Gabriel did not practice either Wednesday or Thursday for maintenance reasons, but will suit up Sunday after logging a full day of work Friday. The slot receiver returned from a three-game absence in Week 15, catching two of his four targets for a total of 18 yards. Even with Andrew Hawkins (concussion) on IR, there likely won't be enough targets for Gabriel, who has yet to find the end zone this season.
Gabriel hadn't seen the field since Week 10 due to concussion symptoms, but returned to a regular role in the afternoon loss. The slot receiver hasn't been a major fantasy factor, but is consistent at the very least, recording at least one reception in every game he's been active this season.
|P1||8/12/16||@ GB||8:00 pm|
|P3||8/26/16||@ TB||8:00 pm|
|1||9/11/16||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|10||11/10/16||@ BAL||8:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 13|
|15||12/18/16||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
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