Barnidge's touchdown drought continued against the Bengals on Sunday, as the tight end has yet to find pay dirt in 2016. Cleveland has used six different quarterbacks through the first seven weeks, so a lack of chemistry could be contributing to Barnidge's inability to score. The good news is that he's caught at least five passes in each of the last four games.
Barnidge (forearm) turned five targets into three catches for 59 yards in Sunday's 28-26 loss to the Titans.
Barnidge looked primed for a big game after hauling in a 43-yard reception on Cleveland's first offensive play, but managed just 16 more yards the rest of the afternoon. The tight end's numbers were disappointing given that the Browns aired it out 42 times, and he still hasn't found the end zone this season after scoring nine times in his breakout 2015 campaign. On the bright side, the 31-year-old tight end has topped 50 receiving yards in four straight games and is an integral part of the offensive game plan week in and week out.
Barnidge (forearm) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Titans.
Barnidge logged three straight limited practices this week, but that was never expected to hold him out of Sunday's road matchup. Through five weeks, the tight end is tied with Duke Johnson for second on the team in targets (28), but has yet to find the end zone on the year. Barnidge will look to turn that around Sunday with Cody Kessler at the helm, but will continue to patiently await the return of Josh McCown (collarbone), the quarterback primarily responsible for his 1,000-yard campaign in 2015.
Barnidge (forearm) is expected to play Sunday against the Titans, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Despite a few limited practices this week, there weren't any indications that Barnidge was seriously in jeopardy of missing the game, even with a questionable tag. He is starting to develop better chemistry with quarterback Cody Kessler, with at least six targets in each of the last three games.
Barnidge (hip/forearm) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Tennessee, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.
There hasn't been any suggestion that either of Barnidge's injuries is serious, and he practiced on a limited basis both Wednesday and Thursday. Furthermore, the Browns haven't added a tight end to the roster, even though reserves Randall Telfer (ankle) and Seth DeValve (knee) have both been ruled out, leaving Connor Hamlett as the team's lone healthy player at the position. If Barnidge is truly in danger of missing Sunday's game, the team will need to sign another tight end in short order. Barnidge has recovered from a slow start and developed chemistry with Cody Kessler (chest/ribs), recording at least five catches, six targets and 57 receiving yards in each of the last three games.
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|Bye: Week 13|
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