Injuries Piling Up For Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns lost their second consecutive game on Sunday, falling 37-14 at home to the NFL’s only undefeated team, the Arizona Cardinals.
But the number of injuries are far more concerning than Cleveland’s latest loss that dropped them to 3-3 on the year.
Lead running back Nick Chubb (calf), star receiver Jarvis Landry (sprained MCL), and starting offensive tackles Jack Conklin (knee) and Jedrick Wills Jr. (ankle) were inactive for Week 6.
The injury bug hit the Browns even harder on Sunday.
Starting quarterback Baker Mayfield (shoulder), veteran receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (shoulder), running back Kareem Hunt (calf), and rookie linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (ankle) were injured in the loss to Arizona.
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski revealed that Hunt’s calf injury is “significant”, and he’ll miss several weeks of action. Owusu-Koramoah is also expected to miss multiple weeks with what is reportedly a high high-ankle sprain.
As for Mayfield, the fourth-year QB has a dislocated shoulder but believes he’ll be able to play through it, per Ben Axelrod of WKYC.
It’s unclear at this time if Mayfield and Beckham will be able to play in Thursday’s Week 7 home tilt against the Denver Broncos (8:20 p.m. EST), although Stefanski won’t rule out Chubb for that game, per Camryn Justice of News 5 Cleveland.
For fans interested in NFL Football betting, the Browns are currently a five-point favorite for the showdown against the Broncos.
After losing their season opener to the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland responded with three straight victories. But if Cleveland’s star players are out for a significant time, it will significantly affect this team’s chances of earning a second straight playoff berth.
The good news for their Browns? Over the next five weeks, They will only face one opponent that currently holds a winning record — at Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9.
Pete Carroll: Seahawks “Have Talked To” Free Agent Cam Newton
Despite a spirited effort from backup Geno Smith — who made his first NFL start in four years — the Seattle Seahawks (-4) fell 23-20 to the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3) in overtime. They have now lost four of their last five games.
Smith completed 23 of 32 pass attempts for 209 yards and a touchdown In overtime, he was strip-sacked by T.J. Watt, and Devin Bush scooped up the loose football. That set up Chris Boswell’s game-winning 37-yard field goal that dropped the Seahawks to 2-4.
Starting quarterback Russell Wilson remains sidelined as he recovers from surgery on the middle finger of his right hand.
During an interview with Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll revealed that the team has talked to free-agent quarterback Cam Newton.
“Just so you know, we have talked to him,” Carroll said. “We’re talking to everybody that could help us.”
Despite a frustrating 2020 campaign with the New England Patriots, Newton was brought back on a one-year deal this offseason. However, the Pats released Newton prior to the start of the season, as Bill Belichick and company decided to move forward with rookie Mac Jones.
Newton, who won the 2015 MVP, tossed eight touchdowns and 10 picks in 15 games with the Patriots last season. However, he was extremely productive as a runner, recording 592 rushing yards and 12 rushing scores.
The Seahawks will host the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football in Week 7 (5:15 p.m. EST). We’ll have to wait and see if it’s Smith, Newton or somebody else at quarterback for Seattle in that game.
Diggs & Prescott Set Milestones In Cowboys’ Win
Second-year cornerback Trevon Diggs and quarterback Dak Prescott set incredible feats in the Dallas Cowboys’ thrilling 35-29 Week 6 overtime road win against the New England Patriots.
Diggs tied a record when he recorded his seventh interception — a 42-yard pick-six off of Mac Jones with 2:27 to go — of the season.
According to NFL Research, the 24-year-old is the first player in the Super Bowl era to record seven or more interceptions and multiple pick-sixes in a team’s first six games of a season.
Trevon Diggs returned his 7th interception of the season for a touchdown late in the 4th quarter against the Patriots
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 17, 2021
Hall of Famer Rod Woodson (set in 1993) is the only other player in the Super Bowl era to record seven interceptions in his team’s first six games of a season, per NFL.com’s Kevin Patra.
Diggs wasn’t the only Dallas player to reach an impressive milestone at Gillette Stadium, however.
Prescott tossed 445 yards in Dallas’ action-packed victory. According to ESPN Stats & Info, this is the most passing yards the Patriots have allowed in one game under Bill Belichick, who’s in his 22nd season as New England’s head coach.
Prescott has 16 touchdowns and four picks on the season. The 5-1 Cowboys are three games clear of the Washington Football Team and New York Giants for first in the NFC East.