Tyler Boyd (knee) and Jordan Evans (ankle) missed all three practices this week and have been declared OUT for Sunday’s game. The initial reports regarding Boyd were that he could miss the final two games, but that the injury wasn’t serious. It’s looking likely that the team will not risk letting Boyd play when they are out of playoff contention.
Tony McRae (hamstring) will also sit out this week after not being sidelined all week with Boyd and Evans. McRae played his first game last week since suffering a scary concussion against the Browns in Week 12, but a different injury will keep him out of this game.
The only other player listed on the report is Vontaze Burfict (concussion), who was limited on Wednesday and Thursday but then went full today. Burfict is questionable for Sunday and with Evans out, it might push Burfict onto the field.
We’ve seen Burfict struggle mightily this season even when he wasn’t officially dealing with any ailments, so another concussion added into the mix probably won’t yield any positive results on the field. Regardless, he figures to be a game-time decision.
Those who were limited along with Burfict on Thursday, including Joe Mixon, John Ross and Cordy Glenn, were all full participants today and should be good to go for Sunday. Without Boyd in the lineup, Jeff Driskel truly needs all the help he can get, so this is good news.
For the Browns, starting center J.C. Tretter (ankle), defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi (biceps) and safety Jabrill Peppers (neck) were all limited on Friday and are listed as questionable for the game.