The Browns have seen six different players take snaps at quarterback through seven weeks of the 2016 season.
They might need to add a potential No. 7 to the roster.
Cody Kessler remains in the concussion protocol, head coach Hue Jackson told reporters Monday. Kessler suffered a concussion in the Browns‘ 31-17 loss to the Bengals. Jackson said former starter Josh McCown (broken collarbone), who was also knocked out of participation by an injury, has been practicing. Jackson didn’t give a firm answer on the veteran’s status, saying they would get more clarity on McCown later in the week before the Browns face the New York Jets.
With a healthy McCown and Kessler replacement Kevin Hogan, the Browns would still be without a third healthy quarterback. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network’s Up To The Minute Live that it would be a stretch for Kessler to be ready to play in Week 8. Knowing McCown’s injury history and playing style — Jackson said in his Monday press conference that he’d have a talk with McCown about protecting himself — the Browns might be wise to add a third quarterback while Kessler remains sidelined. Plenty has to play out for this to happen, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Cleveland again skims a list of free agent quarterbacks and makes a few phone calls.
Other injury news we’re tracking on Monday:
1. Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown suffered a torn his ACL in Sunday’s tie. Brown’s season is over after seven weeks.
With Brown down, the Cardinals will turn to speedster J.J. Nelson to step up in his place. Arizona replaced fellow wideout John Brown, who missed Sunday’s game after being diagnosed with sickle cell trait, with Michael Floyd. The loss of both Browns doesn’t help a Cardinals offense that has ebbed and flowed through multiple injuries during the regular season, though John Brown is expected back this week.
3. Bears quarterback Brian Hoyer had successful surgery on his broken radius yesterday, Rapoport reported. The plan is to give Hoyer a few days, and then make a roster decision. Jay Cutler (thumb) has been cleared to play, head coach John Fox told reporters Monday.
4. Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is in the concussion protocol and will visit an independent doctor this week, head coach Jay Gruden told reporters. Tackle Brandon Scherff suffered an AC joint sprain and Bashaud Breeland sprained his left ankle, and each will be monitored this week, Gruden added.
The Redskins did receive some good injury news as Jordan Reed (concussion) has been cleared to practice this week, offensive tackle Trent Williams‘ knee is structurally OK.
5. Packers cornerback Damarious Randall had surgery to address a core muscle injury and will be out for less than six weeks, Rapoport reported. Dr. William Myers performed the operation last Wednesday, Rapoport added.
6. The Chiefs aren’t in dire straits at running back, which explains why they’re being cautious with Jamaal Charles (knee). Head coach Andy Reid said Charles’ “knee acted up after the last game and was up and down over the week,” adding the team will need the tailback as they continue.
7. Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks is out for the season with a torn quadriceps tendon, head coach Doug Pederson told reporters.
8. Panthers cornerbacks James Bradberry (toe) and Robert McClain (hamstring) are back in practice, head coach Ron Rivera said. Defensive tackle Vernon Butler (ankle) has also returned to participate.
9. Bills defensive back Aaron Williams (head and neck), who had an MRI on Sunday after a big hit from Jarvis Landry, attended team meetings and is doing well, a source informed of the situation told Rapoport.