The Cleveland Browns will take on the Houston Texans in the AFC’s Wild Card round on Saturday, January 13. This will be a rematch of Week 16, when the Browns beat the CJ Stroud-less Texans 36-22. Cleveland has concerning injuries for the rematch as star wide receiver Amari Cooper is dealing with a heel injury.
Cooper missed the team’s Week 18 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals but likely would have been rested anyway, as Cleveland was already locked into a playoff spot. The wide receiver played in 15 games in the regular season and brought in 72 of his 128 targets for 1,250 yards with five touchdowns. Cooper dominated the Houston defense in Week 16, bringing in 11 of his 15 targets for 265 yards and a touchdown, setting a franchise record for receiving yards in a single game.
Amari Cooper injury updates
Thursday update: Cooper practiced in full on Thursday and has been removed from the injury report. He should be a full-go on Saturday against the Texans.
Wednesday PM update: Cooper said he was good to go earlier in the day but did not practice on Wednesday. He will only have one more day to practice this week ahead of Saturday’s game.
Wednesday update: Cooper says that he is “good to go” for Saturday’s Wild Card game. He added that he could’ve played in the Browns’ Week 18 game if they weren’t locked into spots.
Tuesday update: Cooper is not practicing on Tuesday. He did miss last week’s game with a heel injury, but this likely is just rest. If he doesn’t practice on Wednesday or Thursday, that would be when concern would grow for his availability in the game.