Calling the Browns banged up would be an understatement. But not all injury news is bad news for Cleveland heading into Thursday Night Football.
Jarvis Landry has been activated from injured reserve in time to take on the Broncos, as NFL Network's James Palmer first reported. The Pro Bowl wideout hasn't played since suffering a knee sprain in Week 2.
The timing of his return couldn't be better for the 3-3 Browns.
Their dynamic backfield trio of Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt is unavailable, and Odell Beckham likely won't be either because of a significant shoulder injury. That leaves Landry as the primary weapon for QB fill-in Case Keenum. We'll see how much chemistry they forged in practice over the past year and change.
Keenum has plenty of game experience but has thrown just 13 passes for the Browns. Landry, despite not garnering the same fanfare as Beckham, has led Cleveland in receiving in each of the past three seasons. He opened the 2021 campaign by catching all six of his targets from Mayfield for 80 yards.
The savvy possession receiver figures to get a fair share of them in Week 7 against a strong Broncos secondary.