Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reports that Brown S Grant Delpit "has suffered such a big setback with his hamstring injury" that he appears unlikely to play in Week 1.
Delpit, the 44th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, didn't play at all last year after tearing his Achilles in training camp. Things were reportedly going well with his recovery until he sustained a hamstring injury sometime this summer. Browns secondary coach Jeff Howard noted that Delpit has only taken nine team reps in camp this year. The second-year safety looks doubtful for the opener.
Aug 11, 2021, 5:58 PM ET
It was a bit of a struggle watching yesterday with the Jags commentators, but the strip sack on Lawrence's first snap was nice.
Peoples-Jones is going to be great. Who needs OBJ when you have DPJ. Be interesting to see how the WR room plays out, I reckon we'll end up cutting some guys who will be picked up elsewhere. Same goes for the O line. Felton looks like he'll be a more than handy player too. As for the D, JOK will be a star. And LeCounte looks like he might be a decent late pickup, bit of a ballhawk it seems.
Browns TE Stephen Carlson is expected to miss the season after suffering a knee injury in the preseason opener.
Carlson has appeared in 25 games over the last two seasons, catching six passes for 62 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. It's a hit to Cleveland's depth behind Austin Hooper, David Njoku, and Harrison Bryant.
SOURCE: Tom Pelissero on Twitter
Aug 15, 2021, 6:15 PM ET
Posted by Charean Williams on August 16, 2021, 5:35 PM EDT
Former Browns offensive lineman Dick Schafrath died Sunday night, the team announced. He was 84.
“The Cleveland Browns were saddened to learn of the passing of Dick Schafrath,” the Browns said in a statement. “He was a Cleveland Brown and Ohioan to his core. Schafrath’s unmatched work ethic helped establish what it means to be a Cleveland Brown. He was one of the most decorated offensive linemen in team history, earning numerous Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. He also helped the Browns capture the 1964 NFL Championship and opened holes for three Hall of Fame runners. We send our deepest condolences to his family.”
Schafrath, who was born in Wooster, Ohio, and attended Ohio State, was selected by the Browns in the second round of the 1959 draft. He immediately became a cornerstone player and spent all 13 of his NFL seasons in Cleveland.
Schafrath helped the Browns win their fourth NFL championship in franchise history in 1964.
He was a four-time All-Pro, earned six Pro Bowl nominations and helped block for three Hall of Fame running backs — Jim Brown, Bobby Mitchell and Leroy Kelly. Schafrath’s teammates nicknamed him “The Mule.”
Schafrath was elected into the Browns Legends Club in 2003.
He joined the Washington coaching staff as offensive line coach under George Allen four years after his retirement as a player, and Schafrath stayed in the position until 1977. In 1986, Schafrath began a political career and won a seat in the Ohio State Senate. He continued serving in the Ohio Senate until his retirement from politics in 2003.
Posted by Josh Alper on August 18, 2021, 5:16 PM EDT
Browns safety Grant Delpit’s return to practice was a brief one.
Delpit got on the field Tuesday after missing two weeks with a hamstring injury, but was forced out of Wednesday’s session after aggravating the injury. It’s another bad medical turn for the 2020 second-round pick as he missed all of last season with a torn Achilles.
Delpit had spoken to reporters before practice about his feeling that he wasn’t behind in preparations despite the missed time.
“I’m not behind at all,” Delpit said, via Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle Telegram. “I’ve been preparing and working hard every day, making sure I’m working two times harder than the next person. That’s the mentality you gotta have, so I’m not behind at all.”
Given the timing of the injury, it seems unlikely that Delpit will be hopping back onto the field in the immediate future. If that’s the case, the idea that he hasn’t fallen behind will be an even harder sell.
Malik McDowell might be a genuine chance to make the roster. Probably got the highest ceiling of all our backups, and we might carry an extra tackle with the struggles of our ends. Now that we've broken the ice and brought him back into the league, other teams wont be as scared to claim him now.
I tried picking a 53 after today's game and I ended up with 54.
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 30, 2021, 5:09 PM EDT
When former Florida State defensive tackle Marvin Wilson went undrafted in April, several teams were interested in signing him as an undrafted free agent, and he cashed in by signing with the Browns and getting a $30,000 signing bonus plus $162,000 of his base salary guaranteed.
But that didn’t guarantee him a roster spot. And Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that Wilson has been waived by the Browns.
The Browns would like Wilson back on their practice squad, but first he would have to pass through waivers, and it’s possible that one of the other teams that was interested in signing him after the draft will claim him. It’s also possible that Wilson could choose to sign with another team’s practice squad if he passes through waivers.
Wilson was a great high school player and one of the top recruits in the country when he chose Florida State, and if he had entered the 2020 NFL draft he surely would have been selected, perhaps in the first round. But he didn’t play as well in 2020 as he had in 2019, and his draft stock tanked. He also didn’t perform well enough in training camp to earn a Browns roster spot. Now he’ll try to get his career back on track, either in Cleveland or elsewhere
The Browns have set their initial 53-man roster for the 2021 season.
All eight of the team’s draft picks have made it through the cut and all seven 2020 picks also remain on the active roster. There are 22 players back on offense from last season, but 12 new defensive players make it clear where the Browns were focused on making changes this offseason.
The Browns placed guard Drew Forbes and tackle Greg Senat on injured reserve. Neither player will be able to return to the team this year.
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Jarvis Landry (knee) is considered "week to week."
Stefanski said Sunday that Landry suffered an MCL injury against Houston. Fantasy managers should have contingency plans for Week 3 -- and possibly beyond. Donovan Peoples-Jones, Anthony Schwartz, and Rashard Higgins served as the Browns' wideouts in three-receiver sets with Landry sidelined against the Texans. Peoples-Jones was the team's primary slot receiver. The fantasy usefulness of Cleveland receivers hinges on Odell Beckham's (knee) availability in Week 3 against the Bears.