The Browns could be even more short-handed on both sides of the ball Sunday than they’ve been in previous weeks. Or, they could be just fine.
It all depends how the next 48 hours shake out, as the Browns listed five players as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.
Safety Damarious Randall (groin), wide receiver Antonio Callaway (ankle) did not participate in Friday’s practice but enter the game as questionable. Neither did offensive tackle Desmond Harrison, who came down with an illness. Center JC Tretter (ankle), as he’s done the previous two weeks, returned to practice in limited fashion after missing Wednesday’s and Thursday’s sessions. Wide receiver Rashard Higgins, who has missed the previous three games with a knee injury, practiced for a second straight day in limited fashion. Defensive back Tavierre Thomas (abdomen) and wide receiver Da'Mari Scott (shoulder) were limited throughout the week.
“I always feel like guys are going to be pushing through, but we have another day to see,” interim head coach Gregg Williams said. “It is what it is right now. We have one more day to make that decision.”
Linebacker Joe Schobert (hamstring) will miss his third consecutive game. Williams said Schobert is getting closer and closer to returning to the field.
Randall, arguably the most versatile member of Cleveland’s secondary, played through a number of different injuries during the first half of the season and rarely missed a snap. His likely replacement if he can’t play is Briean Boddy-Calhoun, who opened the year at nickel cornerback but has stepped in as a free safety over the past couple of weeks while the Browns dealt with injuries at cornerback.
Callaway was added to the injury report Thursday with an ankle injury. The fourth-round rookie was bogged down by injuries throughout the preseason but hasn’t missed a game during the regular season.
After Friday’s practice, Higgins said he was “100 percent” and “ready to go.” The third-year wide receiver is third on the team with 244 receiving yards despite missing three games.