BEREA, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns are getting two key players back for Sunday’s game in Detroit against the Bills.
Tight end David Njoku and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah will return after missing action recently. Njoku was listed on the Friday injury report as questionable while Owusu-Koramoah did not have a designation.
“I’m ready to go,” Njoku said Friday.
Njoku missed the previous two games with a high ankle sprain suffered in a 23-20 loss at Baltimore October 23.
“We definitely worked very hard as a team, meaning the trainers and my own people,” Njoku said. “We worked really hard to get it well right now, and I have to give credit to them because it’s been an uphill battle. I’m excited to finally be back and it’s going to be a fun game.”
Njoku stayed behind while the Browns traveled to Miami, where they lost to the Dolphins 39-17.
“I didn’t get to go home,” Njoku lamented. “It wasn’t fun.
Owusu Koramoah was sidelined due to a knee injury also suffered against the Ravens costing him the last two games.
“Don't want to make anything sudden, even if I am feeling ready to go in my opinion,” Owusu-Koramoah said of the cautious approach. “The coaches also have an opinion and the staff also has an opinion on whether this game is the right game or that game is the right game. So it's a collective effort, a collective decision and this week we feel like it's good to go.”
Newsome out – Cornerback Greg Newsome II was added to the injury report Friday and first listed as questionable before being downgraded to out for Sunday’s game.
“Yeah, he had a collision with a teammate so he is getting evaluated for a concussion,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said.
Stefanski did not provide details of the collision or who else was involved that shook Newsome up.
“I am going to protect the names of the innocent,” Stefanski said. “It happens. You are going full speed. Hoping that he is OK, but we will see.”
Step ahead – Myles Garrett and the rest of the Browns defense struggled to have any impact on the Dolphins last week in a 39-17 loss and the film review was pretty revealing to the three-time Pro Bowler.
“The way they attacked us was very detailed in what they were trying to do and just had us out of position a lot of the time,” Garrett said. “Seemed like when we tried to switch things up, they were a step ahead.”
Earlier this week safety John Johnson III mentioned he felt there was too much hesitancy on defense and it’s time to just cut it loose on the field. Garrett agreed.
“Just play desperate, play hungry,” Garrett said. “Right now you have nothing to lose, so go out there and just put it all on the line. I agree with what he's saying wholeheartedly, so we're going to go out there and play the best and as hard as we can.”
If it’s not been one thing, it’s been another defensively this season and even Garrett struggles to explain just why that has been the case.
“Everyone's going to make mistakes, I'm not sure if it's fear of that or not knowing,” Garrett said. “It's a combination of things. I can't really tell you because that's out of my room most of the time, but a lot of those guys are still working to get all those really down pat so they can fly around at full speed and not have to worry about where they're supposed to be, know where they're supposed to be and execute their assignments.”
Put away the snow shoes – The move to Ford Field this weekend took a lot of stress of rookie kicker Cade York, who now doesn’t have to kick in a blizzard.
“I was ready for it,” York said. “I've been kicking in the cold this week. So not really an issue. It would have been fun to kick in the snow, I've never done that before so would like to get that out of the way.”
York will enjoy the warmth of 70 degrees, no wind and artificial turf to kick on meaning his snow shoes can go back in the locker.
“I really just wore a different cleat to help with softer ground and if there was snow,” York said.
Planes, trains and automobiles – The Browns were going to fly to Buffalo but with the game relocated to Detroit they’ll now hop on busses for the motor City Saturday.
Injury report – OUT: S David Bell (concussion), OL Michael Dunn (back), Perrion Winfrey (head); QUESTIONABLE: CB Greg Newsome (head), TE David Njoku (ankle); EXPECTED TO PLAY: RT Jack Conklin (foot/rest), DT Jordan Elliott (personal), C Ethan Pocic (ankle), RG Wyatt Teller (calf), LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (knee)
Up next – Walk through and travel to Detroit Saturday; play vs. Bills Sunday.