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  • Browns' Martin Emerson: Finishes strong rookie year

    Emerson had four tackles and two passes defensed in a 28-14 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 18. The Browns drafted a good one when they selected Emerson in the third round of the 2022 draft. The rookie appeared in all 17 games, tied for the lead among team cornerbacks with 15 passes defensed and graded out as the best in coverage, per Pro Football Focus. He'll resume his role in the rotation next season.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Done early in finale

    Ward (shoulder) had one tackle and played just 10 snaps in a 28-14 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 18. Ward entered the game with a shoulder injury and was unable to get past the first few series. He finished the season with 53 tackles, two fumbles recovered and two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns, over 14 games. For fantasy purposes, it was a nice season. However, Pro Football Focus graded him a career-low 60.4 in coverage, last among Cleveland's defensive backs. He'll enter next season as the Browns' top corner in what should be a team strength despite a number of breakdowns in 2022.
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  • Browns' Myles Garrett: Ties personal sack record

    Garrett made seven tackles, including a sack, two tackles for loss and two quarterback hits in a 28-14 loss to the Steelers in Week 18. The sack was Garrett's 16th, tying the personal mark for sacks in a single season he set in 2021. He played through injury but only missed one game following his involvement in an automobile accident leading up to Week 4. It was a shoulder injury and lingered a bit, but Garrett remained productive. He's been available for 33 of 34 games the last two years, and, at age 26 next season, Garrett is still in his prime and should continue to be a dominant presence.
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  • Browns' John Johnson: Logs five stops in finale

    Johnson recorded five tackles in a 28-14 loss to the Steelers in Week 18. Johnson ended his second season with the Browns with one interception and 101 tackles, second most behind fellow safety Grant Delpit (105). The Browns' defense was the subject of discussion following losses, some of which featured breakdowns on the back end. As a result of those issues, the Browns fired defensive coordinator Joe Woods. Johnson, who has one year left on his deal, is expected to return next season but much depends on the new DC.
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  • Browns' Grant Delpit: Quiet finale

    Delpit had two tackles in a 28-14 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 18. Delpit had a strong second half of the season, recording 55 tackles and three interceptions in the eight games leading up to Week 18 but finished on a quiet note against the Steelers. He led the team with 105 tackles and was on the field for every defensive snap, save for one when he was held off the field at the start Week 10's game against Miami due to disciplinary reasons. Delpit was one of several players to be disciplined for unspecified behavior at points during the season. Cleveland's defense was seen as the primary reason for the team's disappointing season, and the organization let defensive coordinator Joe Woods go because of the unit's performance. Delpit should return as a starter at safety in 2023.
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  • Browns' Sione Takitaki: Tracking toward mid-October return

    Takitaki underwent ACL surgery Dec. 14, putting him on track to return in mid-October, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Takitaki suffered the ACL injury in Week 13 and finished the 2022 campaign with a career-high 71 tackles across 12 appearances. As of now, it looks like the fourth-year linebacker will be sidelined until at least October while rehabbing from surgery, which may make his impending free agency difficult to traverse.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Unable to return

    Ward (shoulder) will not return Sunday against the Steelers, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Ward came into the day questionable with a shoulder injury, so he apparently aggravated it at some point in the first half. In his absence, A.J. Green and Martin Emerson will be candidates for extra opportunities.
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  • Browns' Reggie Ragland: Done for Week 18

    Ragland (shoulder) will not return Sunday against the Steelers, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Ragland suffered the injury in the first half, and he was unable to return for the second. In his absence, Jermaine Carter and Tae Davis will both likely see extra opportunities in the Browns' regular-season finale.
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  • Browns' Reggie Ragland: Questionable to return

    Ragland exited Sunday's game against the Steelers with a shoulder injury, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Ragland apparently sustained this injury sometime during the first half of Sunday's regular-season finale. The veteran linebacker has appeared in three games for Cleveland since being signed off the Raiders' practice squad, amassing 12 tackles over the previous two contests. In his stead, Jermaine Carter and/or Tae Davis will likely step into bigger roles alongside starting linebackers Deion Jones and Tony Fields.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Ready for action Sunday

    Ward (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Despite not practicing all week due to a shoulder issue, Ward is slated to command his usual starting cornerback spot during this weekend's matchup versus Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old currently needs two more tackles and one more interception to set new career highs in both of those categories.
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  • Browns' Jadeveon Clowney: Won't play Week 18

    Clowney (coach's decision) has been downgraded to out ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. The Browns' decision to hold Clowney out for the season finale comes as little surprise after he was sent home from practice Friday following his comments suggesting that he was already planning on leaving Cleveland in free agency this offseason. Alex Wright is expected to start at defensive end in place of Clowney, who finishes his lone season in Cleveland with 28 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble in 12 appearances.
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  • Browns' Isaiah Thomas: Sitting out finale

    Thomas (foot) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Anthony Poisal of the team's official site reports. Thomas will now miss his fifth game in the last nine weeks as a result of a foot issue. The rookie hasn't maintained any on-the-field consistency this year, and Alex Wright and Chase Winovich are both slated to continue operating as rotational pieces on Cleveland's defensive line behind starters Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney on Sunday.
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  • Browns' Denzel Ward: Questionable to play Sunday

    Ward (ankle) is considered questionable to play Sunday versus the Steelers, Dan Labbe of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Ward has been dealing with an ankle injury for multiple weeks, but he was able to play in Week 17 versus the Commanders, making it likely that he'll be able to go in Week 18 against Pittsburgh. His status is worth monitoring as the contest approaches, and if he's ultimately forced to sit out, A.J. Green and Martin Emerson could be asked to step into larger roles in the secondary.
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  • Browns' Jadeveon Clowney: Status for Sunday in question

    Clowney was sent home from practice Friday after making inflammatory statements regarding the Browns organization and his future with the team, Chris Easterling of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Per Scott Petrak of The Chronicle-Telegram, head coach Kevin Stefanski has come to a decision on whether Clowney will play in Sunday's season finale against the Steelers, but Stefanski isn't ready to share that decision yet. Clowney will most likely be asked to stay home, allowing rookie Alex Wright to start, though official confirmation of such a move may not come until closer to the 1 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday.
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  • Browns' Jadeveon Clowney: Not expected to play Sunday

    Clowney (undisclosed) was told to stay home from practice today and is not expected to play Sunday versus the Steelers, Brad Stainbrook of 247Sports.com reports. It's unclear why Clowney was excused from reporting Friday, but it appears as if his 2022 campaign has come to an end. The 29-year-old will finish the year with 28 tackles, including two sacks, while deflecting three passes with a forced fumble and fumble recovery over 12 contests. Clowney signed a one-year contract with the Browns in May and will likely test the open market this offseason.
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  • Browns' Myles Garrett: Shows up in Week 17

    Garrett recorded eight tackles (four solo) and 1.5 sacks in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Commanders. After playing a season-low 36 defensive snaps in Week 16 against the Saints, Garrett ramped up to 52 snaps (75 percent) this past weekend versus Washington and logged the most tackles he's had in a game since Week 4 of his sophomore campaign. The All-Pro defensive end's 53 stops on the year now accounts for a new career high in that department, and if he's able to register one sack in the Browns' regular-season finale versus Pittsburgh, he'd then have back-to-back seasons with 16 sacks.
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  • Browns' Tony Fields: Amasses game-high nine tackles

    Fields recorded nine tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Commanders. With five Cleveland linebackers currently on injured reserve, Fields has benefitted with more playing time down the regular season stretch. The second-year pro has now compiled 19 stops across the last two games, and he'll look to finish the campaign on a high note when the Browns travel to Pittsburgh in Week 18.
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  • Browns' Grant Delpit: More picks in win

    Delpit recorded seven tackles and intercepted two passes in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Commanders in Week 17. Neither of Delpit's two picks led to points, but the second-year safety has three interceptions over the last two weeks and a team-high four for the season. He also leads the Browns with 103 combined tackles and 71 solo.
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  • Browns' Jadeveon Clowney: Playing Sunday

    Clowney (concussion/illness) is active Sunday against the Commanders, Anthony Poisal of the Browns' official site reports. Clowney was unable to practice Thursday, leaving the veteran's status for Week 17 in doubt. However, he has cleared the league's concussion protocols, and his ability to play will certainly bolster the Browns' pass rush against Washington.
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  • Browns' Jordan Kunaszyk: Done for season

    Kunaszyk (hand) was placed on injured reserve Saturday. The depth linebacker saw 19 defensive snaps in the Week 16 contest before leaving with an injury. The fourth-year linebacker was a critical member of the team's special teams this season, registering 314 snaps.
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