Browns WR duo "fought like crazy"

22 October 2021 21:38:34 GMTPlus11
The Browns edged out the Broncos

Head coach Kevin Stefanski said wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr "fought like crazy" to be out there with their Cleveland Browns team-mates as he expressed his pride in the wake of a 17-14 win over the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

The Browns, now 9/2 to win the AFC North, will get a few days extra rest ahead of their Week 8 clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are 9/1 to win the division.

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Cleveland were without four key starters on offense, including quarterback Baker Mayfield, but regrouped behind back-up running back D'Ernest Johnson and the steady play of journeyman QB Case Keenum.

Back-ups deliver for Browns

Johnson took the spotlight with a breakout performance that saw him rack up a career-high 146 rushing yards on 22 carries, while Keenum did enough in relief to suggest the Browns may be able to stay in the play-off race while Mayfield recovers from his shoulder injury.

The backup QB was responsible for the key play of the game when he scrambled to convert on fourth-and-3 in which he appeared to fumble into the end zone where tight end Austin Hooper recovered.

After review, Keenum was ruled down at the 1 yard-line with an essential first down, which led to fullback Johnny Stanton IV scoring on a bootleg to put Cleveland 17-7 ahead with 27 seconds left in the third quarter.

WRs return in style

Landry and Beckham had been doubtful starters in the days prior to the game because of knee and shoulder injuries respectively, but both suited up and battled through to keep the Browns above .500.

Landry, who has missed four games with a sprained MCL, was activated a few hours before the matchup with the Broncos.

"He fought like crazy to be out there with his team-mates," Stefanski said, via cleveland.com. "Odell (also) fought like crazy to be out there.

"To see those guys do that throughout the week and then get out there and not feel perfect but do whatever it took, I thought was so impressive."

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