The Cleveland Browns halted a two-game losing streak with a 17-14 victory over the Denver Broncos on Thursday. Unfortunately, Cleveland left the game with another two injuries to add to their lengthy list.
Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones (groin) and cornerback Denzel Ward (hamstring) will undergo MRIs on Friday, according to Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski. Peoples-Jones' injury occurred during pre-game warmups while Ward's happened in the fourth quarter.
Donovan Peoples-Jones Injury Update
Peoples-Jones' injury comes at a time when Cleveland's offense is already going through a rough patch. Bradley Chubb and Kareem Hunt have been sidelined due to calf issues, Baker Mayfield missed the game because of a shoulder injury, and both Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry have been less than 100% this season.
The second-year wideout had been impressive over the Browns' last two games, catching 9-of-11 targets for 171 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
While his pregame injury has hurt his momentum, his recent stretch has proven that he deserves a prominent role in Cleveland's offense. After all, Peoples-Jones has the most receiving touchdowns (2) and second-most receiving yards ( 228) on the team.
Denzel Ward Injury Update
Ward was the second significant player that the Browns lost to injury last night. The cornerback grabbed his hamstring in pain after a passing play with 8:42 left in the fourth quarter. He did not return.
If Cleveland was up by a large amount and chose to keep Ward out as a precaution, that would be one thing. But the fact that it was a close game and he didn't return is concerning.
The one-time Pro Bowler has recorded 24 total tackles, 3 passes defended and 0.5 sacks so far this season. He's helped Cleveland hold opponents to 224.1 passing yards per game (7th) this season, so it goes without saying that his presence will be missed.
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