Carlson was not targeted in Sunday's 33-23 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.
Carlson, an undrafted free agent out of Princeton, began the season on the Browns' practice squad before a promotion to the active roster midseason. Cleveland's tight end position was never solidified following David Njoku's wrist injury in Week 2, and all members took turns getting red-zone looks from quarterback Baker Mayfield. Carlson finished with five catches for 51 yards and one touchdown over nine games. With a new head coach coming in 2020, Carlson's status is uncertain. Presumably, a new coach will want to get a good look at Njoku, who missed many weeks due to the injury then ran afoul of former head coach Freddie Kitchens.
Carlson failed to catch his only target and played 41 snaps in Sunday's 27-19 win over the Bengals in Week 14.
He was the starting tight end, as Demetrius Harris (shoulder) was made inactive and David Njoku was appearing for the first time since Week 2 after recovering from a wrist injury. Carlson's 41 snaps led the position group, but it was Njoku who drew the most targets (three), including one inside the red zone. As Njoku gets back up to speed, he is expected to start games and receive the most playing time among Cleveland tight ends.
Carlson (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Carlson does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's contest against the Bengals. The 22-year-old is set for his usual depth role in Cleveland's tight end corps Week 14.
Carlson (ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Carlson has recorded four receptions for 46 yards over the last three weeks, so if he's unable to play Sunday against the Bengals, it will mainly affect the team's run-blocking schemes. The 22-year-old still has two practice sessions to elevate to full capacity.
Carlson caught both his targets for 28 yards in Sunday's 20-13 loss to Pittsburgh in Week 13.
Carlson remains on the fringe of fantasy relevance for the Browns. Quarterback Baker Mayfield often looks to tight ends in the red zone, so Carlson -- who has one red-zone touchdown this season -- is in the mix. How long that holds true will depend on what the Browns do with David Njoku (wrist), who is designated to return from injured reserve and could be activated for Week 14 against the Bengals.
Carlson caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 41-24 win over Miami.
Carlson, whose touchdown streak ended at one game, saw one of the four balls targeted at Cleveland tight ends as quarterback Baker Mayfield established better chemistry with his main weapons, wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham. With David Njoku (wrist) expected to return for Week 13 against Pittsburgh, Carlson may be the odd man out and have to head back to the practice squad.
Carlson caught his lone target for an eight-yard touchdown in Thursday's 21-7 win over the Steelers.
Carlson, an undrafted rookie out of Princeton, was promoted from the Browns' practice squad to the active roster in Week 9 after injuries hit the tight end group. He hadn't made much of an impact until Thursday's win, when he had his first NFL target, catch and touchdown. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has made ample use of his tight ends near the goal line this season, as Carlson became the fourth member of the position group to catch a red-zone touchdown.
Carlson was promoted to the Browns' 53-man roster from the practice squad Friday.
The 21-year-old joined the Browns as an undrafted free agent in May but was unable to make the season-opening roster, though he remained with the organization on the practice squad. Carlson should serve as Cleveland's No. 3 tight end while Pharoah Brown (concussion) is sidelined.