The Cleveland Browns saw a number of players return to practice on Wednesday, including safety Grant Delpit.
The Houston Texans don’t have three. Cleveland Brown was eight players on Wednesday. The most amazing thing is to be ready to return to the sacrificial protection zone. Additionally, four players from the Houston Texans did not participate in practice, three of which were passers.Coach Kevin Stefanski said Delpit could return this week. Limited, there is no guarantee that Delpit will return, but in practice it will not be counted until it is activated. The Browns hope to have him back soon, but that could take up to three weeks before he returns from IR and ends the season. That means the Browns would have to win the AFC Championship for that to count. This is a no-win situation for them. I think it would be a huge benefit if Delpit returns this week. With how well Ronnie Hickman has been playing and the coaching of Juan Thornhill, the Browns could have a nice trio that gives opposing teams some options on how to play. All eight players who returned to practice, including those who took a break, were restricted. Most notably Pierre Strong Jr. He returned to practice after suffering a hamstring injury against the Cincinnati Bengals. Wide receiver Amari Cooper did not practice Wednesday but told the media that he played this week and may have played last week. The team seems determined to have him as healthy as possible. Linebacker Jordan Kunaszyk was eligible to play at full capacity after suffering an ankle injury.On the Texas side, sidelines Will Anderson, Jonathan Greenard and Jerry Hughes were held out of practice. In Anderson’s case, this may be an attempt to further heal the high ankle sprain he’s dealing with. The same could be said for Grignard and Hughes, but Grignard was ruled out after suffering an ankle injury against the Browns. A key element of the first matchup was limiting the Texans’ runs. They struggled to get pressure on Joe Flacco, who tore them apart in epic fashion. The Texans will try to minimize the risk of a relapse by keeping all of those players out of Saturday’s game. I plan to practice on Thursday if possible. The Texans saw two defensive tackles return from practice during Tuesday’s process. Maliek Collins is dealing with a hip injury and Sheldon Rankins is dealing with a shoulder problem. Wide receivers Robert Woods and Noah Brown missed the game against the Indianapolis Colts. Woods returned on Wednesday. However, Brown has yet to appear on the field due to a back injury. The Texans could use Brown as a viable new threat. Center Michael Dieter is in the medical tent complaining of elbow soreness during the game against the Colts. The Texans struggled internally between left tackle Dieter and rookie JK Scruggs. The Browns took the lead in the first game. They hope to do the same here.