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Browns RB Jerome Ford removed from injury report ahead of Week 4 vs. Ravens

We break down the news that Jerome Ford is dealing with a shoulder injury. What it means for Week 4.

Linebacker Monty Rice #56 of the Tennessee Titans tries to stop running back Jerome Ford #34 of the Cleveland Browns from scoring a touchdown during the third quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 24, 2023 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns defeated the Titans 27-3. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Update, Sept. 29 — Ford was removed from the final injury report and should have no restrictions for Week 4’s matchup with the Ravens. Kareem Hunt was also removed from the report and will again be his main backup.

Update, Sept. 28 — Ford was able to return to a full practice on Thursday, which should carry over to him being removed from the final injury report on Friday. He remains a fantasy play even against a tough Ravens defense.

The Cleveland Browns will take on the Baltimore Ravens in Week 4. Cleveland struggled last week to find its running back rhythm in the first game since starting RB Nick Chubb suffered his season-ending knee injury. The backfield work against the Tennessee Titans was split between Pierre Strong Jr., Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt. Ford had the best game, but started this week limited in practice with a shoulder injury.

Fantasy football implications for Week 4

No matter who is taking the carries in Week 4, they have a tough matchup against the Ravens. The good news for Ford is that, although he was largely inefficient, he found the endzone twice. He had 10 carries for only 18 yards, but scored and added 33 yards and another touchdown on two receptions.

Even if Ford is healthy, I wouldn’t start him unless you are desperate at running back. You should have much better options if you are in leagues smaller than 12 teams. In deeper leagues, he could be flexed if he is healthy. If he sits and Hunt starts, then pivot to the veteran.