Why the Browns had to Elevate Two Players To Active Roster Ahead Of Matchup With Rams…

As the injuries continue to mount at key positions, the Browns elevated two players off the practice squad Saturday, including their fourth starting quarterback this season, Joe Flacco.

The roster gymnastics continue for the Browns heading into.a pivotal Week 13 matchup with the Rams.

On Saturday, Cleveland elevated veteran quarterback Joe Flacco from the practice squad to the active roster. As head coach Kevin Stefanski announced on Friday, Flacco will start under center in Los Angeles while rookie QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson remains in the league’s concussion protocol.

Flacco joined the Browns practice squad a little less than two weeks ago after the team learned franchise QB Deshaun Watson was done for the season with a glenoid fracture in his throwing shoulder. Per practice squad rules, Cleveland is able to promote a practice squad player for game days up to three times before they’re then required to sign them to the active roster.

It’s not clear if the Browns will exercise that lever in the coming weeks or just outright sign the former Ravens, Broncos and Jets QB to the active roster after this weekend’s game. For Flacco, he’ll be making his 181st career start, and his first since Week 18 last year while playing with New York. In 2022, the 15-year veteran played in four games, starting five. He threw for 1,051 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.

Along with Flacco, the Browns also elevated cornerback A.J. Green to the active roster as well. That move comes after the team announced that lock-down corner Denzel Ward would be out for a second consecutive week due to a shoulder injury.

Green has been active for two games for Cleveland this season. He appeared mostly on special teams in those two instances and has registered just a single tackle during the 2023 campaign.

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