The Cleveland Browns will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday in a crucial game.
Latest news on David Njoku and Leonard Fournette
The Browns benefit from not having to worry about the health of several players on the inactive list. It means that players like TE David Njoku have recovered sufficiently from their injuries to know they can play.
According to Zac Jackson of The Athletic, David Njoku (ankle/knee) will not play against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Njoku did not participate in full practice this week, but the Browns apparently saw enough of him to conclude that his knee and ankle injuries would not prevent him from playing on Sunday.
Tampa Bay had a slow start to the season, and while they are still only at.500, momentum appears to be shifting back in their favor.
Leonard Fournette is expected to play in Week 12, but his practice participation should be closely monitored.
According to Deepak Chona, a medical professional, depending on the type of hip injury, players are typically out for no more than one week.
According to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, coach Todd Bowles described Fournette’s injury as “very sore” on Wednesday, so the running back’s status will be closely monitored as the week progresses.
If Rachaad White is limited or sidelined, Ke’Shawn Vaughn will compete for reps in Tampa Bay’s backfield.
The Browns injury:
- Greg Newsome – Concussion – Out
The Buccaneers injury:
- Leonard Fournette – Hip – Doubtful
- Vita Vea – Foot – Questionable
- Russell Gage – Hamstring – Out
- Luke Goedeke – Foot – Out