Injury Notes: Vernon, Falcons, Njoku, Cole

With defensive lineman Myles Garrett and Larry Objunjobi suspended for this week’s matchup against the Bengals, the Browns were hoping to invite starting end Olivier Vernon back into the lineup after missing the team’s previous two games with a knee injury. However, according to Mary Kay Kabot of Cleveland.com, Vernon has been ruled out for Sunday’s contest, leaving Sheldon Richardson as the team’s only primary starter along the defensive front.

It has been a chaotic season for Cleveland, reaching a climax in last Thursday’s on-field fight with the Steelers. Hoping to put that in the rear-view mirror the Browns will have to rely heavily on their depth to build some positive momentum.

Here’s some more injury notes from around the NFL:

  • The Falcons will be without two of their primary offensive weapons this weekend. Running back Devonta Freeman and tight end Austin Hooper are both out for this Sunday’s game alongside rotational defensive back Kemal Ishmael, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitutional.
  • Browns tight end David Njoku will not return this week from the injured reserve, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. Njoku, who has been rehabbing a wrist injury, returned to practice this week, but is not quite ready for game action.
  • Texans linebacker Dylan Cole is out for the season with a torn ACL, according to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle. Cole served as Houston’s primary backup at two linebacker positions and played a major role in the team’s special teams. He played in 11 games and recorded 16 tackles on the season. Going forward, the Texans will need to sure up their depth on special teams and on the second level of their defense.
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11 comments on “Injury Notes: Vernon, Falcons, Njoku, Cole

  1. JJB0811

    Looking forward to Myles empathy tv tour. Should be announced by early December.

    • jb19

      You should never forgive him and send him to internet jail for crimes that violated your moral compass and hurt your feelings.

      • JJB0811

        You sound hurt there. All I said is he will get on TV saying ‘sorry’ at every opportunity. It’ll be fake, but the public, like you, will say “yes, he’s a changed man!!!’. I don’t buy those tour rounds.

        • jb19

          I’ve seen you all over the comment boards. Just give it a rest for a couple days.

          • JJB0811

            Nah, I enjoy commenting. It’s actually nice that this is one of the few sports site around allowing comments. There’s nothing wrong with different opinions on subjects.

            I have never met Myles G and most likely probably never will. What he did was foolish and he got punished for it. As with all ‘famous people in crisis’ they turn to TV to sob about their transactions. I call that phony. I don’t believe they mean it, but are instructed to do so for reputation (i.e.$$ earnings).

            • jb19

              Fair enough. FWIW Garrett is about as mild mannered as they come. Booger called him “soft” before the 2018 draft and other former players said he had “no edge” to him and that he took plays off or wasn’t aggressive enough. He’s been good in Cleveland as far as behavior is concerned. I was shocked when he hit Rudolph with a helmet. Deserves to be suspended. But at the same time, to me, seems completely out of character for him. What Rudolph said to him is irrelevant for Garrett’s actions… but I hope the guy gets to play again. He’s been a joy to watch and if he ever does something remotely close to what he did a week ago, ban him for good.

              • JJB0811

                I hope he gets back on the field as well. They’ve let a lot of other players with far worse infractions back. I don’t agree with the indefinite suspension.

                I remember him being called soft and other BS labels before the draft. They knocked his commitment to the game. He’s a heck of a player, seems to be very smart with ambitions/goals in other area besides sports. He made a bad decision.

                I didn’t mean to discredit him personally. I just get tired of the ‘oh I’m so sorry’ routine played out on TV for credit.

                He didn’t do anything stupid when that motorist hit him earlier this year. I wish he could have kept that same temperament in the Pit game.

  2. Rich

    The Browns play the Dolphins, but why let facts get in the way of a hastily written article.

    I’m certainly glad publishers have traded an on staff fact checker for a nearly limitless number of fact checking readers whose only compensation is shaming the writer.

    • braveshomer

      sound business plan if you ask me…why pay for something when you can get it for free lol

  3. Dorothy_Mantooth

    If Rudolph used racist comments against Garrett, it doesn’t excuse the use of a helmet as a ‘weapon’; however, it really paints Rudolph in a negative light and he is going to lose support & respect of his teammates. Just waiting for someone from Pitt to denounce what he did (if he indeed said what he said).

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