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NFL: Week 1 injury roundup: OBJ, Clowney questionable for Browns

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Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney are questionable to play in the Cleveland Browns’ season opener against the host Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Beckham has been limited all week in practice as he continues to recover from an ACL tear that occurred last season. Clowney missed Tuesday and Wednesday with a non-COVID-related illness and was listed as a limited participant Thursday.

Asked specifically about Beckham, coach Kevin Stefanski told reporters, “I think he was limited today so we will use the next 48 hours with all of these guys and determine who is playing and who is not.”

Starting center J.C. Tretter (knee), starting safety Ronnie Harrison (ankle), backup safety Grant Delpit (hamstring) and kicker Chase McLaughlin (right hamstring) were also listed as questionable for Cleveland.

–Indianapolis Colts cornerback Xavier Rhodes missed practice for the third consecutive day on Friday and is out for Sunday’s matchup with the visiting Seattle Seahawks.

The Colts expect guard Quenton Nelson to be ready on Sunday after a back injury forced him to skip Wednesday’s workout.

Left tackle Eric Fisher was also ruled out by head coach Frank Reich following Friday’s practice, when the Colts officially named Carson Wentz the starting quarterback for Week 1.

–Washington Football Team wide receiver Curtis Samuel (groin) was placed on injured reserve.

Samuel re-injured his groin, which was a concern for parts of the offseason, in practice earlier this week.

–Detroit Lions left tackle Taylor Decker is out with a hand injury and could miss multiple games, head coach Dan Campbell said.

The next man up for the Lions is converted defensive lineman Matt Nelson. If things don’t go well against San Francisco’s Nick Bosa and Dee Ford for Nelson, it’s possible the Lions would lean on first-round pick Penei Sewell.

Sewell is listed as the starter at right tackle on the Lions’ depth chart but played on the left side at Oregon.

–Buffalo Bills wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is questionable and defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is out for Sunday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Sean McDermott said.

Sanders was limited in Friday’s practice with a foot injury. Lotulelei did not practice this week because of a calf injury.

–Philadelphia Eagles right guard Brandon Brooks (knee) returned to practice and is back in the starting lineup for Sunday’s visit to the Atlanta Falcons.

Eagles safety Rodney McLeod and rookie offensive lineman Landon Dickerson are both out.

–New York Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder remains on the reserve/COVID-19 list and won’t play Sunday at Carolina.

Wide receiver Keelan Cole (knee) is questionable and will be a game-time decision, Jets coach Robert Saleh said.

–Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu did not practice Friday and his availability for Sunday’s matchup with the visiting Cleveland Browns is up in the air.

Friday was the ninth day since Mathieu tested positive for COVID-19. He is participating in team and position meetings via Zoom.

–Rookie first-round pick Christian Darrisaw and linebacker Anthony Barr are officially out for the Minnesota Vikings.

A groin injury limited Darrisaw in practice and he’ll be replaced as the starting left tackle by Rashod Hill when the Vikings kick off the season Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

A four-time Pro Bowl pick, Barr, 29, was limited this week by a knee injury.

–The New York Giants will be without No. 1 tight end Evan Engram for Sunday’s opener against the visiting Denver Broncos. Engram injured his calf in the Giants’ preseason finale.

Running back Saquon Barkley, who is completing a recovery from a torn ACL in September 2020, was listed as questionable, but coach Joe Judge said that Barkley would play barring an unexpected setback.

Giants No. 2 cornerback Adoree Jackson (ankle) is also listed as questionable.

–In the same game, the Broncos are unsure if edge rusher Bradley Chubb will be ready to go and have listed him as questionable.

Denver coach Vic Fangio told reporters that Chubb, who is recovering from offseason ankle surgery, would be a game-day decision. Chubb was a limited participant in Friday’s practice, as was starting tight end Noah Fant (knee), though Fangio said Fant would be available Sunday.

–The Chicago Bears listed defensive tackle Eddie Goldman (knee) as doubtful for “Sunday Night Football” against the Los Angeles Rams.

Goldman injured his knee on Monday and hasn’t practiced since.

A host of other Bears players, most notably linebackers Khalil Mack (groin) and Robert Quinn (back) and safety Eddie Jackson (wrist), were listed as questionable.

–Field Level Media

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