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Who's Playing, Who's Not at Cleveland Browns


The Ravens could see the debut of a couple of players and are hopeful that their lead running back will be able to suit up Sunday in Cleveland.

Here's a look at Friday's injury report and what it means for both teams:

Alex Collins Practices, Ravens Expect Him to Play

Running back Alex Collins put a scare into fans when he was limited in practice Wednesday and didn't practice Thursday because of a knee ailment. However, Collins returned to the practice field Friday as a full participant and is listed as questionable to play Sunday.

Asked if there was any concern about Collins, Head Coach John Harbaugh said, "No, not really."

"He was full-go today, so he looked good," Harbaugh said.

Collins leads the Ravens with 158 rushing yards this season, averaging 3.5 per carry. He has three total touchdowns in four games.

It's unfortunate that Collins didn't get more practice this week because he's also lost two fumbles so far this year, and the Ravens would like to give him more opportunities to sure up his ball security. However, Baltimore also wants to make sure their lead back is as physically strong as possible.

Jimmy Smith Expected to Play Sunday and Play Well

The Ravens wanted to see cornerback Jimmy Smith in action in practice this week to determine whether he would be ready to immediately play in a game following his month-long suspension.

To nobody's surprise, Smith's ready. Smith is one of the Ravens' most freakishly gifted athletes and top defensive talents, and he's expected to take the field against the Browns.

"He looked good. He obviously did a really good job of staying in shape, worked hard over the period of time that he was away," Harbaugh said. "That was good to see."

Harbaugh said Smith is still getting in "football shape," and won't be 100 percent back until he plays in a game. "But, I feel good about where he's at and anticipate him playing on Sunday and playing well," Harbaugh added.

The Ravens will have to make a transaction by 4 p.m. Saturday to officially bring Smith back onto the 53-man roster.

Hayden Hurst Could Make His Debut

If it was up to rookie first-round tight end Hayden Hurst, he would make his NFL debut Sunday in Cleveland. However, his status is still up in the air.

Hurst (foot stress fracture) has yet to practice fully yet. He was limited all this week and is listed as questionable to play.

"I'm excited as heck to get out there," Hurst said earlier this week.

The Ravens are well stocked at tight end with Nick Boyle, Maxx Williams and rookie Mark Andrews, who all have over 100 receiving yards. Boyle and Williams are also key parts of the blocking/running game. Thus, Baltimore doesn't need to rush its top draft pick back onto the field.

Still, Hurst's return would open up more possibilities for the Ravens offense and quarterback Joe Flacco. The two hit it off in offseason practices and preseason games before Hurst's injury.

Willie Henry Says Nothing Is Holding Him Back

An under-the-radar return could be that of defensive tackle Willie Henry, who returned to practice this week and is listed as questionable to play.

Henry underwent hernia surgery in late August, setting the third-year defensive lineman back. There was a lot of excitement about Henry this offseason as he was viewed by coaches and teammates as a possible breakout young player.

Harbaugh said Henry looked good in practice this week, though he hasn't done as much because of the nature of his injury. Henry said he was cleared by doctors a week ago, but the Ravens want to be careful they don't put too much stress on his repaired hernia.

In addition to seeing how Henry responds to a week of limited practice, Harbaugh said part of determining whether Henry will be active Sunday is sorting out where he would fit into the 46-man gameday roster. Somebody who has been playing well would have to get bumped.

"He probably could go I think. Whether he will or not, [we'll] probably know within 24 hours," Harbaugh said.

Tim Williams Is Out With Hamstring Injury

Second-year pass rusher Tim Williams didn't practice all week and was ruled out Friday with a hamstring injury.

Williams sacked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger last week and has been a disruptive edge pass rusher coming off the bench. Without him, the Ravens still have Za'Darius Smith and Tyus Bowser to help starters Terrell Suggs and Matthew Judon.

Rookie cornerback Anthony Averett (hamstring) was also ruled out. Cornerback Brandon Carr (knee), defensive back/linebacker Anthony Levine Sr. (hamstring), guard Alex Lewis (shoulder), defensive tackle Michael Pierce (foot) and Smith (hamstring) are all questionable.

Browns' Starting Wide Receivers Will Play

The Browns' starting wide receivers, Jarvis Landry (knee) and Antonio Callaway (knee), were both removed from Cleveland's final game status injury report, meaning they will suit up Sunday.

Landry leads the Browns in receptions (24), receiving yards (312) and targets (47) by a wide margin. Callaway, a rookie speedster and fourth-round pick, has 10 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown.

Cleveland ruled out reserve linebacker James Burgess (knee) and listed two starting defenders, linebacker Christian Kirksey (illness) and safety Damarious Randall (heel), as questionable. Kirksey and Randall will both play, per Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson.

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