November 28, 2021

Injury Bug Bites Browns Before Week 2 Matchup with Saints

The Cleveland Browns will be without some notable pieces on Sunday as they enter New Orleans to play the Saints.

Saturday afternoon, the Browns ruled out wide receiver Josh Gordon (hamstring), linebacker Christian Kirksey (shoulder/ankle) and tight end Seth DeValve (hamstring) for Sunday’s matchup at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Gordon is either going to be traded or released from the Browns on Monday.

Kirksey, the fifth-year linebacker captain, was limited at practice all week. Gordon and DeValve were added to the injury report Saturday.

The injured trio will be sidelined with starting defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah (ankle), who was ruled out on Friday.

The Browns and head coach Hue Jackson indicated Friday that the team would use caution in determining the status of players for Week 2 because of the quick turnaround this week. The Browns play the New York Jets on Thursday.

It’s fair to speculate that the Browns are looking ahead to the Jets matchup, wanting all players healthy for what a lot of fans consider the first “winnable” game of the year for these new-look Browns. Are the Browns already looking ahead to Week 3 against the Jets or has the injury bug really bit them early on?

Gordon has been battling this hamstring injury since last month when he returned to training camp following a leave of absence from the team. Without him on the roster, look for increased action from third-year receiver Rashard Higgins and rookie Antonio Callaway. If he isn’t traded, Gordon will be released on Monday, per reports.

Despite being sidelined with a concussion Week 1, linebacker James Burgess Jr. will play on Sunday and is likely to see a spike in activity without Kirksey in uniform.

Seth DeValve missed most of training camp with a quadriceps injury. Fellow tight ends David Njoku and Darren Fells are expected to play on Sunday.

Nick Pedone can be reached on his Twitter with any comments or questions. @NickPedone12

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