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David Njoku ruled OUT for Week 10 vs. Dolphins

We break down the news that David Njoku has an ankle injury. What it means for Week 10 and beyond.

David Njoku #85 of the Cleveland Browns during warmups before the game against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images

Friday update: Njoku has been ruled out due to his ankle injury. He continues to say he might play, but never practices. Harrison Bryant is next man up again, but doesn’t have much fantasy upside.

Thursday PM Update: Njoku didn’t practice on Thursday due to his ankle injury.

The Cleveland Browns are coming off their bye, but injured tight end David Njoku won’t practice on Wednesday, per Jake Trotter. Njoku did say that he plans on playing this Sunday, but not practicing on Wednesday makes it pretty clear that he’s not a slam dunk to play.

Njoku has played well this season, as he has caught 34 passes for 418 yards and a touchdown through six full games and a game in which he was injured. His numbers aren’t up there with Mark Andrews or Travis Kelce, but he’s averaged 6.8 targets a game and 68.5 yards per game, which has him as the sixth-best tight end in fantasy points per game.

Fantasy football implications for Week 10

If Njoku is healthy enough to play, it’s probably worth starting him in fantasy unless he’s backing up a stud at the position. His backup, Harrison Bryant, hasn’t done much since Njoku was injured, so he can remain on waiver wires.