Gaines (concussion) said Monday that he's healthy and has been cleared by a concussion specialist, Matthew Fairburn of The Athletic reports.
Gaines played just six games (two starts) with the Browns last season due to concussion symptoms. Encouragingly, the 2014 sixth-round pick now appears to have managed a full recovery ahead of training camp. Gaines will face competition from Levi Wallace and Kevin Johnson for the No. 2 cornerback role this offseason.
Injuries have limited the 2014 sixth-round pick to 43 NFL appearances, including 11 starts in 2017 as a member of the Bills. Concussion symptoms were the problem this past season, with Gaines playing just six games (two starts) during his lone season in Cleveland. He now figures to compete with fellow offseason addition Kevin Johnson for the starting job opposite top cornerback Tre'Davious White.
After suffering a concussion earlier in the season, Gaines returned for Sunday's game against the Chiefs and subsequently suffered another one. Given how long he missed the last time, it appears the Browns will take a precautionary route and sit Gaines for the remainder of 2018.
Gaines won't return to Sunday's game versus the Chiefs due to a concussion, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
It's a major blow to the secondary since Damarious Randall (groin) was inactive and Denzel Ward suffered a hip injury in the first quarter and is questionable to return. Expect TJ Carrie to see an uptick in usage for the remainder of the game.
Gaines (concussion) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Gaines originally sustained the concussion in Week 6 against the Chargers and hasn't played since. The 26-year-old didn't at all practice last week, so his full participation Wednesday bodes well for his Week 9 status.
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