Post-season sports betting continues through the weekend with Sunday’s divisional-playoff NFL matchups as the Cleveland Browns travel to Kansas City. The BetUS Cleveland Browns vs Kansas City Chiefs injury report details who’s hurt coming into Sunday’s game.
|Game: Cleveland Browns (12-5) vs Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)
Location: Arrowhead Stadium
Time: 3:05 p.m. ET
The sportsbook opened the Kansas City Chiefs as double-digit favorites. They’re still listed as 10-point favorites on the NFL odds board, though some money has come for the Browns on the moneyline. The total opened at an already high 56 and jumped to 58.
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Imagine what the Browns will look like when they get the rest of their team back. Or their coach!
Coming off their cathartic beatdown of the Pittsburgh Steelers last Sunday, they’ll be returning a bunch of players who were inactive after being moved to the NFL’s COVID-IR (IR-C), and head coach Kevin Stefanski, who is slated to be back in the facility on Thursday.
This week, they activated two cornerbacks, Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson, from the IR-C. It comes just in time, as the Browns lost CB Robert Jackson to injured reserve due to his hamstring.
Cleveland also lost OG Michael Dunn to the injured reserve with a calf injury. Already short-handed on the O-line, Dunn’s absence in last Sunday’s game brought Blake Hance into action. Quarterback Baker Mayfield had just introduced himself to Hance before the game, to give you an idea of how long he’d been with the team.
It’s still spotty on the O-line, as RT Jack Conklin was also injured last Sunday, replaced early last Sunday by Kendall Lamm. He’s currently described as day-to-day, which belies his questionable status, and he missed Wednesday’s opening practice.
Two other linemen appear on the injury report, as RG Wyatt Teller (ankle) and C J.C. Tretter (knee) showed up for the same ailments that had them on the list last week. They played through it last Sunday, and even had their injury designations removed before the weekend, so it’s expected they’ll do the same this week.
They’re also hoping to return all-pro LG Joel Bitonio from the IR-C in time for Sunday’s game. Same goes for WR KhaDarel Hodge, the other remaining name on their COVID reserve from last week’s outbreak.
A few other names return to the injury report with the same injuries that nagged them, leading into last Sunday. LB B.J. Goodson injured his shoulder, DT Sheldon Richardson is back with a neck issue, and DE Myles Garrett returns with a shoulder problem that surprisingly landed him on last week’s injury report as well. Goodson missed Wednesday’s practice, while Richardson and Garrett were limited.
Additionally, TE David Njoku missed the opening practice day with a strained hamstring that’s new to the injury report. He’s also listed as questionable.
Kansas City Chiefs
Coming off their postseason bye week, the Kansas City Chiefs don’t come back with an empty NFL injury report.
Leading their wounded, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is still rehabbing his ankle, and coach Andy Reid described him as improving on a daily basis. While listed for the ankle, he had also previously been dealing with hip issues. He was described as having limited practice on Wednesday, which is a good sign.
A few others did not practice though. The pain that once lived in WR Sammy Watkins’ hamstring has now moved to his calf. New to the injury report this week, CB Rashad Fenton (foot) and MLB Willie Gay (ankle) also missed practice.
To their benefit, the Chiefs activated MLB Anthony Hitchens and DE Michael Danna from the IR-C.
The last player found on the injury report, TE Deon Yelder (groin), was limited in practice and is listed questionable.
Finally, Coach Reid addressed RT Mitchell Schwartz’ status, as he hopes to return from injured reserve in the postseason, but it’s not looking promising.