Cleveland Browns

Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium | Coach: Hue Jackson
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense24th107.1 (17th)201.8 (21st)
Defense14th97.9 (7th)230.2 (19th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
77Banner, Zach T6-836012/25/1993RSouthern California
50Bello, B.J. LB6-222910/31/1994RIllinois State
75Bitonio, Joel G6-430510/11/19914Nevada
20Boddy-Calhoun, Briean SS5-91931/21/19932Minnesota
99Brantley, Caleb DT6-23079/2/1994RFlorida
52Burgess, James OLB6-02303/9/19941Louisville
48Cash, Jeremy LB6-023012/9/19922Duke
10Coates, Sammie WR6-12123/31/19933Auburn
72Coleman, Shon T6-731011/25/19912Auburn
19Coleman, Corey WR5-111857/6/19942Baylor
93Coley, Trevon DT6-13107/13/19941Florida Atlantic
4Colquitt, Britton P6-32103/20/19858Tennessee
34Crowell, Isaiah RB5-112251/8/19934Alabama State
39Currie, Justin DB6-22129/19/19932Western Michigan
27Dayes, Matt RB5-82059/3/1994RNC State
87DeValve, Seth TE6-32451/29/19932Princeton
66Drango, Spencer T6-631510/15/19922Baylor
92Edwards, Lavar LB6-42714/29/19905LSU
95Garrett, Myles DE6-427212/29/1995RTexas A&M
5Gonzalez, Zane K6-02025/7/1995RArizona State
12Gordon, Josh WR6-32254/13/19913Utah
79Gray, Geoff G6-531511/8/1994RManitoba (Canada)
83Hazel, Matt WR6-11951/23/19922Coastal Carolina
81Higgins, Rashard WR6-119810/7/19942Colorado State
8Hogan, Kevin QB6-321810/20/19922Stanford
47Hughlett, Charley LS6-42485/16/19903UCF
29Johnson, Duke RB5-92109/23/19933Miami (Fla.)
41Jordan, Michael CB6-120010/21/19922Missouri Western State
6Kessler, Cody QB6-12155/11/19932Southern California
49Keyes, Josh LB6-22271/23/19932Boston College
58Kirksey, Christian OLB6-22358/31/19924Iowa
7Kizer, DeShone QB6-42331/3/1996RNotre Dame
89Lengel, Matt TE6-726612/27/19902Eastern Kentucky
80Louis, Ricardo WR6-22153/23/19942Auburn
63Martin, Marcus C6-331011/29/19934Southern California
30McCourty, Jason CB5-111958/13/19879Rutgers
43Nacua, Kai DB6-02053/3/1995RBrigham Young
94Nassib, Carl DE6-72754/12/19932Penn State
85Njoku, David TE6-42467/10/1996RMiami (Fla.)
65Ogunjobi, Larry DT6-23056/3/1994RNorth Carolina-Charlotte
44Orchard, Nate DE6-42551/5/19933Utah
22Peppers, Jabrill FS5-1121310/4/1995RMichigan
62Reiter, Austin C6-230011/27/19912South Florida
53Schobert, Joe MLB6-124511/6/19932Wisconsin
55Shelton, Danny DT6-23358/20/19933Washington
36Smith, Derron FS5-102002/4/19923Fresno State
35Smith, C.J. CB5-111895/10/19932North Dakota State
21Taylor, Jamar CB5-111929/29/19905Boise State
86Telfer, Randall TE6-42505/16/19922Southern California
64Tretter, JC C6-43072/12/19915Cornell
40Vitale, Danny FB6-123910/26/19932Northwestern
42Williams, Marquez FB6-12607/16/1994RMiami (Fla.)
35Wilson, Howard CB6-018410/30/1995RHouston
70Zeitler, Kevin G6-43153/8/19906Wisconsin
Injured Players
54Alexander, Dominique (IR) ILB6-02354/20/19952Oklahoma
64Barker, Chris (IR) G6-23008/3/19902Nevada
59Carder, Tank (IR) ILB6-22351/18/19896TCU
51Collins, Jamie (IR) OLB6-325010/20/19895Southern Mississippi
35Jackson, Darius (IR) RB6-022112/1/19932Eastern Michigan
78Johnson, Roderick (IR) T6-630011/28/1995RFlorida State
26Kindred, Derrick (IR) SS5-1021012/15/19932TCU
98Meder, Jamie (IR) DT6-33084/12/19913Ashland
90Ogbah, Emmanuel (IR) DE6-427511/6/19932Oklahoma State
31Porter, Reggie (IR) CB5-111857/13/1994RUtah
73Thomas, Joe (IR) T6-631212/4/198411Wisconsin
Practice Squad
 Board, C.J. WR6-017812/12/1993RTennessee-Chattanooga
 Calitro, Austin LB6-02401/10/1994RVillanova
 Gibson, Laurence T6-63003/19/19911Virginia Tech
 Hagen, Jacob DB6-32053/16/19921Liberty
 Hartfield, Trevon DB6-019511/17/19911Southwestern Oklahoma State
 Howard, Bug WR6-421411/28/1994RNorth Carolina
 McGill, T.Y. DT6-029911/23/19923NC State
 Rounds, Josh RB5-1119010/11/1993RTulane
 Salako, Victor T6-633511/4/1993ROklahoma State
 
 
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Position Listing
Austin Reiter
News
Reiter played 33 snaps in the Browns' preseason opener last Thursday.

Reiter ended last season on Injured Reserve after he tore his ACL, but he's since recovered and is looking to bounce back. He played in almost half of Cleveland's offensive snaps during the first preseason game and will likely be one of the team's top backups.

Danny Shelton
News
Shelton (chest/ribs) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Shelton finished the week with a full practice after initially being limited due to the dual injuries. The 24-year-old was inactive for last week's loss to the Packers but should return to his starting role along the defensive line in Week 15.

Nate Orchard
News
Orchard (groin) was limited during Thursday's practice.

With dynamic edge rusher Myles Garrett (ankle) sidelined for at least the next two weeks, the Browns will expect Orchard to take on a bigger role on the defensive line. However, he hasn't been able to practice at full capacity since injuring his groin, although his limited participation in the last two days lends some optimism for his Week 1 status.

Duke Johnson
News
Johnson carried six times for 20 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Steelers. He also caught all six of his targets for 75 yards and lost a fumble in the 28-24 loss.

Johnson managed just 3.3 yards per carry, but he chipped in his usual reliable contribution as a pass catcher as he still finished with his second-highest scrimmage yards total of the season. The third-year back never really threatened Isaiah Crowell's grasp on early-down work, but his impressive 684 receiving yards on 74 catches allowed him to eclipse 1,000 scrimmage yards for the first time in his career. Johnson has one year remaining on his rookie contract and seems secure in his role as a receiving threat out of the backfield regardless of the changes the Browns offense could undergo in the offseason.

Kevin Hogan
News
Hogan appeared in four games and completed 46 of 75 passes for 517 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.

For a brief moment this season, Hogan replaced DeShone Kizer as Cleveland's starting quarterback, though that was short-lived, as the former Standford signal-caller three interceptions against the Texans before handing the reins back to Kizer the following week. Hogan has been inconsistent at best to start his career, with four touchdowns passes and seven interceptions on only 101 pass attempts. The Browns -- who have two of the first four picks of the 2018 NFL Draft -- are likely to draft another quarterback in April, and with Kizer essentially a lock to make the team's final roster, Hogan -- along with Cody Kessler -- could be shown the door.

Josh Keyes
News
Keyes was waived by the Chargers on Tuesday, Ricky Henne of the Chargers' official site reports.

Keyes had a short stint in LA, playing only two games with the Chargers before being let go. The linebacker played exclusively on special teams and will now look for a similar role elsewhere in the league.

Victor Salako
No Updates
Chris Barker
News
Barker ruptured his left Achilles during Saturday's practice and was subsequently waived with an injury designation, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Barker will be added to Cleveland's injured reserve if he goes unclaimed on waivers, which seems likely since he'll miss the entirety of the 2017-18 season. The 26-year-old lineman was signed this offseason to provide depth to the offensive line.

Injury
Achilles - Injured Reserve
JC Tretter
News
Tretter (knee/shoulder/quadriceps) is active Sunday against the Jaguars.

Tretter sat out the first two practices of the week, but toughed it out and got in a full day of work Friday. He'll suit up Sunday as a result, taking on his regular role as the starting center against one of the toughest defensive fronts in the league.

Jamar Taylor
News
Taylor (foot) is listed as active Week 17 against the Steelers.

Taylor landed on the injury report with a foot ailment that limited his practice time this week, but he'll suit up for the Browns nonetheless, as the team looks to avoid a winless season. Should Taylor suffer a setback or find himself limited at any point, Briean Boddy-Calhoun is returning from a knee injury this week and would be available to fill in.

Darius Jackson
News
Jackson (knee) cleared waivers and reverted to the Browns' injured reserve.

Jackson was waived Thursday after the 2016 sixth-round pick injured his knee. Unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team, he'll likely be stuck on injured reserve for the entire season.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Josh Gordon
News
Gordon caught four of seven targets for 115 yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers.

Gordon was the main factor in DeShone Kizer's career passing day, going over the 100-yard mark for the first time this season. The bulk of his production came on a 54-yard gain which was initially ruled a touchdown, only for replay to reveal that he stepped out of bounds just before the end zone. Gordon returned from a lengthy absence in Week 13, but the 335 receiving yards he posted over the remainder of the campaign put him on pace for over 1,000 when extrapolated over 16 games. Gordon will be an exclusive rights free agent after the season, but his display over the final weeks of the season should entice teams to spend on him as a potential gamebreaker on the outside.

Trevon Hartfield
News
Hartfield signed a contract with the Chiefs on Friday, Terez A. Paylor of The Kansas City Star reports.

Hartfield went undrafted out of Oklahoma State in 2016 after a productive season in which he recorded 73 tackles, 25 passes defensed and five interceptions. He'll look to secure a reserve role behind starting safeties Eric Berry (heel) and Ron Parker.

Charley Hughlett
No Updates
DeShone Kizer
News
Kizer completed 16 of 30 pass attempts for 314 yards, two touchdowns and one interception Sunday against the Steelers. He also carried six times for 61 yards in the 28-24 loss.

Kizer put on a career effort as Cleveland attempted to avoid a winless season, posting career highs in both passing and rushing yardage. Most of his damage through the air came on big plays, as he completed four passes of at least 30 yards on the day, including two of at least 54. Kizer struggled at times during his rookie campaign, finishing with a putrid 11:28 touchdown-turnover ratio, but he also flashed significant upside at times. Adding to his stock as a potential fantasy asset in the future, Kizer finished the season with 358 rushing yards and five touchdowns on the ground. Despite all this, Cleveland is projected to have a pair of picks in the top-six of the 2018 NFL draft, meaning they could select one of this year's top quarterback prospects if they determine Kizer isn't their option of the future under center.

Matt Hazel
News
Hazel (hamstring) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Hazel missed the last four games with this hamstring ailment. The fourth-year pro played a total of 11 offensive snaps this season for the Colts, making one catch for one yard. Being listed as the No. 6 wideout in Cleveland keeps Hazel off fantasy radars.

Christian Kirksey
News
Kirksey, who posted seven tackles (four solo) during Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, finishes 2017 with 138 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Kirksey was once again a force on Cleveland's defense in 2017. He finished tied for second in the NFL in combined tackles and tied a career high in sacks. The 25-year-old linebacker is under contract until after the 2021 season, so expect him to continue to be a dominant source of tackles for the Browns next year.

Reggie Porter
News
The Browns signed Porter off the Ravens' practice squad Wednesday.

Cleveland had room on its 53-man roster after 2016 first-round pick Corey Coleman (hand) was moved to injured reserve. Porter will slot in as a depth cornerback, but he'll probably see most of his snaps on special teams.

Injury
Achilles - Injured Reserve
Tank Carder
News
Carder (knee) was placed on the Browns' injured reserve after tearing his ACL in Monday's exhibition matchup versus the Giants, Tom Withers of the Aurora Sentinel reports.

Carder, a special teams' captain last season, was competing with Joe Schobert for the starting middle linebacker role. He has played in 77 games with the team since 2012, but will now be sidelined until next season.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Larry Ogunjobi
News
Ogunjobi (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Lions.

Ogunjobi was unable to return to full strength during the Browns' bye week, so he'll miss his second consecutive tilt due to the groin injury. Danny Shelton and Trevon Coley figure to assume their starting roles at defensive tackle once again.

Matt Lengel
News
The Browns signed Lengel to the 53-man roster Wednesday.

Lengel gets the call-up from the practice squad and will step in as the No. 4 tight end on the depth chart. However, he isn't worth fantasy consideration at this juncture.

C.J. Board
News
The Browns signed Board to a reserve/future contract Monday.

Board has spent time with the Ravens and Titans since going undrafted out of Tennessee-Chattanooga last spring but didn't appear in any games in 2017. He ultimately finished the year on the Browns' practice squad and will now look to carve out a role on special teams this offseason.

Marquez Williams
News
Williams was promoted to the Browns' active roster Friday, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

The rookie seventh-round pick went through training camp with the Jaguars, but he ultimately was waived due to an injury. He's yet to make his NFL debut but may get a chance Sunday against the Steelers, since all four other running backs on the Browns' roster are nursing an injury of some sort. Williams fills the roster spot that opened up upon the Thursday release of B.W. Webb.

Bug Howard
News
The Browns signed Howard to a reserve/future contract Monday.

Howard went undrafted out of North Carolina last spring only to spend the preseason with the Colts. However, he didn't survive final roster cuts in Indianapolis and latched on with the Browns' practice squad in September. Standing six feet and four inches tall while weighing in at a lanky 210 pounds, Howard offers appealing size for his position and will compete for slotting at the bottom of the receiver depth chart.

Carl Nassib
News
Nassib is in line to start in place of Emmanuel Ogbah (foot) for the remainder of the season, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.

With Ogbah on the shelf for the rest of the 2017 season with a broken foot, Nassib -- a second-year defensive end out of Penn St. -- will be inserted into the starting lineup. Ogbah was tied for the team lead with four sacks, while Nassib has accumulated two of his own off the bench. He'll try to add to that against the Bengals on Sunday.

Myles Garrett
News
Garrett, who accumulated three tackles and a sack in Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, ends the season with 31 tackles and seven sacks.

Despite missing five games due to injury, Garrett managed to show why the Browns took him with the first overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He had sacks in back-to-back games to close out the year, which included a forced fumble in the finale. Health will continue to be a key factor for Garrett's productivity and improvement, but big things should be on the horizon for the defensive end.

Lavar Edwards
News
Edwards signed a contract Wednesday with the Browns, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

Edwards has yet to play in an NFL game in 2017, but has accrued 22 appearances across stops with four teams the past four seasons. The 27-year-old should fill a depth role for the Browns along the defensive line.

Trevon Coley
News
Coley (neck) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Vikings in London.

Through the first seven games of the season, Coley earned the second-highest share (62 percent) of the defensive snaps among Browns defensive linemen, which translated to 19 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery. He's joined by fellow defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (groin) on the inactive list, thereby allowing Danny Shelton and Jamie Meder to man the starting spots at the position in Week 8.

Ricardo Louis
News
Louis, who failed to make a catch on two targets during Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, finishes the season with 27 receptions for 357 yards.

Louis set career highs in receptions (27), targets (61) and yards (357), but ended the season as the Browns' fourth wideout behind Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman and Rashard Higgins. He hauled in just one pass over the final six games of the season, and will most likely have to battle for a roster spot in 2018.

T.Y. McGill
News
McGill signed a reserve/future contract with the Chiefs on Monday, per the official NFL media site's transaction log.

McGill was on the Browns' 53-man roster through Week 14, but was active for only three games, recording one tackle. The 25-year-old also had five sacks across 25 games in two seasons with the Colts.

Dominique Alexander
News
Alexander (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Alexander left Sunday's loss to the Bengals with the knee injury and was unable to return, and it looks like he'll be done for the remainder of the regular season. The Browns promoted Deon King from their practice squad Tuesday for added depth to their linebacking unit.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Randall Telfer
News
Telfer finished the 2017 season with three catches for 36 yards.

Though Telfer was listed as Cleveland's first-string tight end week in and week out, that was never really the case. Seth DeValve and David Njoku dominated the tight end snaps and were heavily involved in the offense, while Telfer was mainly used in run-blocking situations. The 25-year-old has just five receptions in his first two years in the NFL, and doesn't merit any fantasy consideration.

Matt Dayes
News
Dayes -- who was mostly used on special teams -- rushed five times for 13 yards in 2017.

The rookie out of NC State made the Browns roster out of training camp as the team's third-string running back, but was mainly limited to special teams duty, which included serving as the kickoff returner. Dayes returned 18 kicks for 437 yards, with his longest return going for 71 yards. Isaiah Crowell is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and isn't expected to return. His departure may open up more opportunities for Dayes, though his likelihood of making any kind of significant impact in 2018 remains miniscule.

Jason McCourty
News
McCourty, who racked up seven tackles in Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, ends the season with 65 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

The Browns signed McCourty to a two-year, $6 million contract this past offseason, and the veteran cornerback was a pleasant surprise, as he Cleveland's most reliable pass defender. McCourty will be 31 years old when 2018 kicks off and is expected to be the team's No. 1 cornerback again.

Joe Schobert
News
Schobert, who finished with 12 tackles (9 solo) during Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, ends 2017 with a team-high 144 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception.

Schobert was thrust into a starter's role after linebacker Tank Carder (knee) tore his ACL before the season began, and the Wisconsin product was one of the stars on Cleveland's defense. He finished seventh in the NFL in tackles, and with Carder set to be an unrestricted free agent, Schobert should once again be an excellent IDP option in 2018.

Kai Nacua
News
Nacua was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Friday.

Nacua signed with the Browns as an undrafted free agent this out of BYU this offseason. He recorded nine tackles while playing for them in the preseason.

Roderick Johnson
News
Johnson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Andrew Gribble of the Browns' official site reports.

The rookie offensive tackle was injured during the preseason finale against the Bears and was subsequently placed on IR. The Browns' fifth-round pick (160th overall) was expected to back up and learn from Joe Thomas, but that will have to wait until at least the 2018 season.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Jabrill Peppers
News
Peppers, who finished with four tackles and an interception during Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, accumulated 57 tackles and one interception during his rookie year.

Peppers finished the season strong, earning his first interception of his career in Week 17. However, he had a rough rookie season as a whole. Pro Football Focus gave him a 45.5 grade, which placed him 77th among qualified safeties. The 2017 first-round pick will have to improve his play if he wants to live up to his hype coming out of college, though it's far too early to give up on him.

James Burgess
News
Burgess had nine tackles (seven solo) and a sack in Sunday's loss to the Bears.

The nine tackles ties the second-best tackle total of Burgess' career, and he also totaled three tackles for a loss in the contest. The 23-year-old has put together a solid season, but his IDP value is a bit limited by fellow linebackers Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey, who are tied for second in the NFL with 132 total tackles apiece.

Michael Jordan
News
Jordan (concussion) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's practice, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

Jordan went down last week against the Seahawks. However, his full participation Thursday suggests he isn't in line to miss any time.

Derron Smith
News
Smith (hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Smith was originally considered questionable after practicing in limited fashion throughout the week, but he'll suit up in the Browns' season finale. He's slated to provide depth at safety, while also serving on special teams.

Austin Calitro
News
Calitro signed a contract Monday with the 49ers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Calitro agreed to terms with San Francisco after the team placed Malcolm Smith (pectoral) on injured reserve. In all likelihood, Calitro will see most of his duties on special teams if he makes the 53-man roster out of training camp.

Danny Vitale
News
Vitale (groin) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Steelers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Vitale did not participate in practice this week, so this isn't exactly surprising. Marquez Williams was promoted to the Browns' 53-man roster Friday and should serve as the team's fullback in the season finale.

Injury
Groin - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jamie Collins
News
Collins underwent surgery two weeks ago to repair MCL damage in his right knee, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.

Collins, who was spotted in Cleveland's locker room Wednesday with crutches and his right leg immobilized, was placed on injured reserve about three weeks ago and won't return this season. The knee operation likely means that Collins' recovery timetable will be measured in months rather than weeks, but the Browns are hopeful that the linebacker will be back to full strength for the start of the 2018 campaign.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Injured Reserve
Jamie Meder
News
The Browns placed Meder (ankle) on injured reserve Tuesday.

The high-ankle sprain Meder suffered in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars was likely to keep him sidelined for at least one game, so the Browns decided to shut down the reserve lineman for good in order to free up a roster spot for a healthy player. Meder finishes the 2017 campaign with 13 tackles across 10 games.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Isaiah Crowell
News
Crowell, who rushed 15 times for 21 yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers, finished the 2017 campaign with 853 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 206 carries.

Many were expecting a breakout year for the 24-year-old back, but for the fourth consecutive year, Crowell failed to rush for 1,000 yards. Crowell is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and it's unlikely he'll return to Cleveland. He clashed with coach Hue Jackson on multiple occasions about his use in the offense, and he may want to find greener pastures in 2018.

Justin Currie
News
The Browns promoted Currie from their practice squad Friday.

Currie, who previously appeared in one game for Cleveland earlier this season, will rejoin the team to provide added depth at safety with starter Jabrill Peppers (knee) doubtful to play Sunday against the Packers.

Shon Coleman
News
Coleman (concussion) is active Sunday against the Jaguars.

Though Coleman appears to have cleared concussion protocol after logging a limited practice Friday, he's not in line for many snaps as the team's backup offensive tackle.

B.J. Bello
No Updates
Joel Bitonio
News
Bitonio (knee) was a full participant in practice Friday.

Bitonio looks to be on track to play Sunday against the Steelers after practicing on a limited basis Wednesday and Thursday.

Seth DeValve
News
DeValve, who didn't record a reception on one target in Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, ends 2017 with 33 catches for 395 yards and a touchdown.

It was a breakout year of sorts for the second-year tight end, as he was much more involved in the offensive game plan than he was during his rookie campaign. Though he shared time with David Njoku, DeValve's 33 receptions were second most on the team, as were his 395 receiving yards. With Njoku expected to be more of a centerpiece in Hue Jackson's offense in 2018, DeValve's production may tail off a bit, so continue to stay away from him in the majority of fantasy formats.

Caleb Brantley
News
Brantley sat out of practice Tuesday due to a shoulder injury, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Just one day after returning from a finger injury, Brantley is out again. Thankfully, the team thinks he'll be fine and expects him to return soon.

Jeremy Cash
News
Cash (calf) was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Patriots, David Newton of ESPN reports.

Cash hasn't played since the season opener due to a combination of calf and hamstring injuries. There's been no sign of when he could be back in the fold.

David Njoku
News
Njoku, who caught two passes for 38 yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers, finishes his rookie season with 32 catches for 386 yards and four touchdowns.

Njoku and fellow tight end Seth DeValve spent much of the year splitting offensive snaps, yet Njoku showed numerous flashes that he is capable of being Cleveland's No. 1 tight end in 2018. He led the team with four touchdowns and was just one reception shy of tying for the second most. The rookie has a bright future, and his outlook will only improve if the Browns improve their offense this offseason.

Zach Banner
News
Banner was claimed off waivers by the Browns on Monday, Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com reports.

Banner was brought into Cleveland for added depth on the offensive front, but don't expect the 2017 fourth-round pick to make any moves for a starting role anytime soon.

Spencer Drango
No Updates
C.J. Smith
News
Smith was signed by the Eagles from the practice squad Thursday, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.

While starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin nurses a hamstring injury, the Eagles will promote Smith as a depth option in the secondary.

Corey Coleman
News
Coleman, who hauled in one catch on six targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 28-24 loss to Pittsburgh, ends 2018 with 23 receptions for 305 yards and two touchdowns.

It was another lost season for Coleman, as the wideout missed seven games with a broken hand and was unable to find his footing when healthy. During his first two years in the NFL, Coleman has appeared in just 19 games and has caught just 56 of 130 targets for 718 yards and five touchdowns. The 23-year-old will enter 2018 as Cleveland's No. 2 receiver behind Josh Gordon, and hopefully, with better and more consistent quarterback play, Coleman will take a big step forward, though that was the expectation heading into this season.

Laurence Gibson
No Updates
Josh Rounds
News
The Browns signed Rounds to a reserve/future contract Monday.

Rounds, who went undrafted out of Tulane in 2017, spent this past preseason with the Bears before latching on with the Browns' practice squad in November. With incumbent starter Isaiah Crowell set to hit unrestricted free agency at the end of the league year, Rounds could get an opportunity to carve out a role on offense this offseason.

Cody Kessler
News
Kessler made three appearances in 2017 and completed 11 of 23 passes for 121 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.

Though he showed flashes of competency behind center during the 2016 season, Kessler began this year as Cleveland's third-string quarterback behind DeShone Kizer and Kevin Hogan. His only extended period of playing came on Oct. 22 against the Titans after Kizer was benched to start the second half. The Browns are expected to add yet another quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft, and that could mean the end of Kessler's time in Cleveland. The 24-year-old improved his arm strength over the offseason last year, and even if he's cut loose by the Browns, another team might be willing to take a flier on the former USC product.

Sammie Coates
News
Coates, who played just eight offensive snaps without a target during Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, finishes 2017 with six receptions for 70 yards.

The Browns traded for Coates right before the season kicked off in hopes that the 24-year-old would provide significant depth to a relatively weak receiving corps. However, injuries and his inability to be productive during his limited time on the field completely wiped away any optimism. Coates will enter the last year of his rookie contract, though his future with the Browns is unclear.

Joe Thomas
Injury
Britton Colquitt
News
Colquitt is being checked for a concussion during Sunday's game against the Bengals, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Colquitt has booted 54 punts this season, landing 16 inside the 20 yard line for an average of 48.9 yards per punt. Kicker Zane Gonzalez has taken over the punting duties and will continue to until Colquitt can return.

Marcus Martin
No Updates
Jacob Hagen
No Updates
Emmanuel Ogbah
News
Ogbah (foot) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Ogbah is scheduled to undergo surgery in the near future to repair a fractured right foot, which he sustained in Sunday's 19-7 loss to the Jaguars. The second-year defensive end, who was enjoying a productive campaign with 29 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in 10 games, is expected to require 3-to-4 months to heal up from the procedure.

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Foot - Injured Reserve
Kevin Zeitler
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Zeitler (thumb) practiced in full Friday and is expected to be ready to play Sunday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Zeitler is expected to start at right guard Sunday, but don't be surprised if there's some sort of extra protection for his thumb.

Briean Boddy-Calhoun
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Boddy-Calhoun (knee) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears.

Boddy-Calhoun only managed two limited practices this week, which weren't enough for the Browns to sign off on the cornerback returning from a two-game absence. It's expected that Mike Jordan will serve as the Browns' No. 3 corner with Boddy-Calhoun sidelined again.

Derrick Kindred
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The Browns placed Kindred (wrist) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Kindred sustained the wrist injury in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Ravens, with the team's medical staff determining soon after it was best to shutter the defensive back for the season. With Kindred sidelined for the final two games, Jabrill Peppers could slide over to his more natural strong safety spot, in which case Kai Nacua and Derron Smith would likely fight for time at free safety. Kindred wraps up the 2017 campaign with 54 tackles, six pass breakups and one interception across 14 games (10 starts).

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Wrist - Injured Reserve
Geoff Gray
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Zane Gonzalez
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Gonzalez, who converted a 51-yard goal during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers, ends his rookie year by making 15 of 25 field goals.

Gonzalez beat out Cody Parkey during training camp and struggled mightily to start his career. He missed three of his first five field goals, and there were rumors that the Browns would be trying out kickers to replace him. That never happened, and Gonzalez showed more consistency toward the end of the season, making seven of his last eight attempts.

Howard Wilson
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Wilson (knee) was moved to the regular season PUP list Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Wilson, who broke his kneecap in rookie minicamp, was never removed from the preseason PUP list. He won't be eligible to return to game action until Week 7.

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Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Rashard Higgins
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Higgins, who caught three of four targets for 68 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 28-24 loss to the Steelers, ends 2017 with 27 receptions for 312 yards and two scores.

Higgins began the year on the practice squad but was soon promoted after Corey Coleman was shelved with a hand injury. He finished tied for fourth on the team in receptions and should be considered for a roster spot in 2018, depending on what the Browns do in the draft and free agency.