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Backup QBs lead Browns past Colts 21-18 as Hunt returns

Sat Aug 17 7:38pm ET
By MICHAEL MAROT
AP Sports Writer

Players: Garrett Gilbert, Ross Travis, Chad Kelly, Derrick Willies, Kareem Hunt

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Derrick Willies (84) makes a catch for a touchdown in front of Indianapolis Colts cornerback Jalen Collins (32) and defensive back Rolan Milligan (42) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


Indianapolis Colts cornerback Marvell Tell (39) breaks up a pass intended for Cleveland Browns wide receiver D.J. Montgomery (83) during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Tell was called for pass interference on the play. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Indianapolis Colts tight end Eric Ebron (85) celebrates a touchdown against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) throws against the Cleveland Browns during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jaelen Strong (10) celebrates a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Cleveland Browns wide receiver D.J. Montgomery (83) drops a pass as he is hit by Indianapolis Colts cornerback Pierre Desir (35) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Garrett Gilbert threw two touchdown passes in the first half and David Blough added another TD pass in the second half Saturday, leading the Cleveland Browns past Indianapolis 21-18.

Cleveland (2-0) has won nine of its past 10 preseason games - this one with its top two quarterbacks sitting out and Kareem Hunt returned to the field for the first time in nearly nine months. It's the first time the Browns have beaten the Colts in the preseason since 1979 when the franchise was still located in Baltimore.

Quarterback Chad Kelly did everything he could to keep the Colts' winning streak intact.

After Blough gave Cleveland a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter with a 4-yard TD pass to Derrick Willies , Kelly tried to rally the Colts.

He took advantage of one roughing the passer call to get the Colts into scoring position then threw a 24-yard TD strike to Ross Travis , who drew a lowering the helmet penalty on the play. Kelly's 1-yard conversion pass to Hale Hentges made it 21-18. And Kelly led the Colts to the Browns 9-yard line in the final minute before Will Harvey swatted away Kelly's final throw on fourth-and-1.

Gilbert played the entire first half and was 13 of 19 with 151 yards. Blough played the entire second half and was 7 of 12 with 74 yards.

Kelly wound up 12 of 17 with 115 yards for Indy (0-2).

HUNT'S BACK

Hunt made his first start with the Browns and got his first carry since Nov. 19 but didn't stick around long.

He had two carries for 6 yards while playing the first two series.

But the league's 2017 rushing champion did take another step on his comeback journey. He hadn't played in a football game since video of him shoving and kicking a woman surfaced in November. He was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs two weeks later and didn't land with another team until the Browns signed him in February.

UP NEXT

Browns: Visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday.

Colts: Host the Chicago Bears next Saturday.

Player Notes
David Johnson Sep 15 2:40pm ET

Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (wrist) returned to the Week 2 game against the Ravens after injuring his wrist in the first quarter. Johnson's owners can let out a sigh of relief now. It'll be tough for him not to turn out being a bust this week, though, as he has only four carries for 11 yards (2.8 yards per carry) and one catch for no gain at halftime. Baltimore's defense is very stingy, although Johnson could salvage his day with short passes in the second half with Arizona in comeback mode. Johnson's injury serves as a reminder that Chase Edmonds is his handcuff.

From RotoBaller

David Johnson Sep 15 2:00pm ET

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (wrist) suffered a wrist injury in the first quarter of Week 2 against the Ravens and is questionable to return. Johnson ran three times for seven yards and caught one pass for no gain before getting injured. A first-round pick in fantasy leagues, losing Johnson would be devastating for the Cards and fantasy owners. Chase Edmonds will take over lead-back duties if Johnson can't return to this contest, and he'd be a top waiver wire pickup if Johnson's injury forces him to miss any time. Losing Johnson in the backfield moving forward would also be a downgrade to rookie quarterback Kyler Murray. Stay tuned for more on Johnson's status.

From RotoBaller

Vernon Davis Sep 15 2:00pm ET

Washington Redskins tight end Vernon Davis (eye) was injured in Week 2 against the Cowboys and is questionable to return. Davis wasn't targeted at all in the passing game before going down. With Jordan Reed (concussion) inactive for the second straight week, Jeremy Sprinkle would be the only tight end left active for the 'Skins if Davis can't return to this game. Sprinkle has one catch for 11 yards as things stand now against Dallas. Whoever is Washington's tight end merely has TE2 value with quarterback Case Keenum under center. Reed has the most upside, but he has trouble staying on the field.

From RotoBaller

Tom Brady Sep 15 1:50pm ET

New England Patriots left tackle Isaiah Wynn (foot) was injured in Week 2 against the Dolphins and is questionable to return. Right tackle Marcus Cannon is inactive on Sunday with an injury of his own, so injuries are already wreaking havoc on the team's offensive line early in the year. It remains to be seen how serious Wynn's injury actually is, but it's a bit concerning for quarterback Tom Brady and is something worth watching. It probably won't make much of a difference the rest of the way against the Dolphins poor defense, however.

From RotoBaller

Kenyan Drake Sep 15 12:50pm ET

While there are reports spreading that the Miami Dolphins have had trade talks with other teams surrounding running back Kenyan Drake this week, the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero is reporting that the team has had zero conversations with other teams about trading him, according to a club source. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Dolphins traded Drake, as they've already sent several others packing this year and are expected to trade former first-rounder Minkah Fitzpatrick soon. On the worst team in football, Drake has become nothing more than an unappealing RB3/flex, although a trade out of Miami could make him more attractive to fantasy owners. If he were to be dealt, Kalen Ballage would be the leader of this backfield.

From RotoBaller

Sam Darnold Sep 15 12:40pm ET

Updating a previous report, New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (illness) said he's feeling much better and hopes doctors let him rejoin the team this week. He was told to take 21 days to recover from mononucleosis and is hoping to come back after the team's Week 4 bye. Darnold said he hasn't lost much weight at all. His illness likely affected his Week 1 performance in the loss to the Bills, but Darnold is nothing more than a backup fantasy quarterback until he proves otherwise. Trevor Siemian will start until Darnold can return, but he presents owners with limited upside as a low-end QB2. The Jets figure to give Le'Veon Bell a lot of touches to take pressure off of Siemian.

From RotoBaller

Jakobi Meyers Sep 15 12:30pm ET

New England Patriots rookie running back Damien Harris and rookie wide receiver Jakobi Meyers are both healthy scratches for Week 2 against the Dolphins. Both players have exciting long-term appeal for those in dynasty leagues, but the Patriots are just too stacked at running back and receiver now for either of them to make an impact. If anything were to happen to Sony Michel this year, Harris could be in line for a big role and would be an immediate addition off the waiver wire in redraft leagues. With the Antonio Brown signing last week, Meyers gets pushed out of the rotation among Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon and Phillip Dorsett.

From RotoBaller

Amari Cooper Sep 15 12:30pm ET

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper is being extra patient in contract-extension talks and is the only Dallas player less likely to re-sign this season, according to league sources. With Saints wideout Michael Thomas landing a deal that pays him $20 million a year and Falcons receiver Julio Jones earning $22 million per year, Cooper is intentionally being patient. The 25-year-old caught six passes for 106 yards and a score in the team's Week 1 win over the Giants, and he has an excellent matchup with the Redskins in Week 2. He's locked in as a WR1 in the second game of the season.

From RotoBaller

Seattle Seahawks Sep 15 12:20pm ET

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) is inactive in Week 2 against the Steelers. Ansah will have to wait another week to make his debut with the team. The Seahawks are being very cautious with the injury-prone pass-rusher, but he should be back soon. It's good news for Ben Roethlisberger and company as they look to bounce back from their 33-3 drubbing at the hands of the Patriots last week. Big Ben will have QB1 appeal this Sunday, while fantasy owners are best off leaving Seattle's defense on the bench.

From RotoBaller

Tyler Kroft Sep 15 12:20pm ET

Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft (foot) is inactive in Week 2 against the Giants for the second straight week. Kroft is improving, though, and should be able to make his season debut in Week 3. However, Kroft will be a bottom-barrel TE2 whenever he does suit up. Rookies Tommy Sweeney and Dawson Knox will continue to split snaps at the position in the meantime. Neither of them are options in redraft leagues, although they have some stash appeal in dynasty/keeper formats.

From RotoBaller

Mike Williams Sep 15 12:10pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) is active for Week 2 against the Lions. It was reported early Sunday that Williams would likely be just a red-zone threat for the Bolts on Sunday if he played. That means that the Chargers will predictably lean on running back Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen with tight end Hunter Henry (knee) out indefinitely. Williams is an extremely risky and touchdown-dependent WR4/5 while playing through his injury. Travis Benjamin has a better shot at big-play potential with Williams' snaps being limited, but he's an even worse flex option in deep leagues.

From RotoBaller

Andy Isabella Sep 15 12:10pm ET

Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Andy Isabella is a healthy inactive for Week 2 against the Ravens. The 22-year-old didn't have a single target in Week 1 and is well behind fellow rookie teammate Keesean Johnson on the depth chart. He also has Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, Michael Crabtree and Damiere Byrd ahead of him, so Isabella definitely belongs on the waiver wire in redraft leagues. The only place you're stashing him is in dynasty/keeper leagues. Expect the Cardinals to mix in the veteran Crabtree more against Baltimore, which hurts the upside for Johnson.

From RotoBaller

Marquise Brown Sep 15 12:10pm ET

Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram (shoulder), tight end Mark Andrews (foot) and rookie wide receiver Marquise Brown (hip) are all active in Week 2 against the Cardinals, as expected. All three players had huge weeks in the season opener and could all shine again against a weak Cardinals Defense at home. Ingram has clear RB1 upside in what could be the team's second straight blowout win. Andrews is a firm TE1 after rookie T.J. Hockenson lit up Arizona's D last week. Brown is the most risky flex play at wideout after playing just 14 snaps in his NFL debut. There's big-play potential with the Cardinals without their top two cornerbacks, but Brown will be as boom or bust as they get.

From RotoBaller

San Francisco 49ers Sep 15 12:00pm ET

San Francisco 49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa (ankle) is active in Week 2 against the Bengals. Bosa had his snaps limited in his NFL debut last week against the Buccaneers, but when he was on the field he was productive, so his presence on Sunday won't be good news for quarterback Andy Dalton in front of a shaky offensive line. Bosa cannot yet be trusted in IDP leagues as the Niners try to get him past his nagging ankle issue. While San Fran's D looked much-improved last week, they also shouldn't be in fantasy lineups just yet.

From RotoBaller

Joe Mixon Sep 15 12:00pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon (ankle) is active for Week 2 against the 49ers. Mixon does have a good matchup against a Niners team that gave up healthy ground yardage against Tampa in the season opener, but Mixon will have a lot of volatility and could have his snaps limited while playing through his injury. Consider him a risky low-end RB2/high-end RB3/flex, with Giovani Bernard mixing in to spell him. Bernard would've had RB2 upside if Mixon was inactive, but instead he'll revert back to being an unexciting flex option.

From RotoBaller

Hunter Henry Sep 15 11:53am ET

The Los Angeles Chargers have declared DL Cortez Broughton, TE Hunter Henry, C Michael Davis, LB Jatavis Brown, PK Mike Badgley, QB Easton Stick and S Roderic Teamer inactive for Week 2.

From TheHuddle

David Fluellen Sep 15 11:53am ET

The Tennessee Titans have declared OT Kevin Pamphile, LB Reggie Gilbert, C Hroniss Grasu, CB Tye Smith, DL Brent Urban, RB David Fluellen and OG Nate Davis inactive for Week 2.

From TheHuddle

Jayrone Elliott Sep 15 11:53am ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers have declared CB Justin Layne, DL Isaiah Buggs, FB Roosevelt Nix, LB Jayrone Elliott, OT Chukwuma Okorafor, OL Fred Johnson and TE Zach Gentry inactive for Week 2.

From TheHuddle

Tavon Austin Sep 15 11:53am ET

The Dallas Cowboys have declared OG Adam Redmond, S Donovan Wilson, DE Taco Charlton, WR Tavon Austin, DT Trysten Hill, OL Brandon Knight and LB Luke Gifford inactive for Week 2.

From TheHuddle

Ezekiel Ansah Sep 15 11:53am ET

The Seattle Seahawks have declared WR David Moore, S Tedric Thompson, C Joey Hunt, CB Neiko Thorpe, WR Gary Jennings, DT Poona Ford and DL Ziggy Ansah inactive for Week 2.

From TheHuddle