The Cleveland Browns got banged-up in their 29-12 loss to the Denver Broncos at Mile High on Sunday, as quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson exited the game with a concussion and wide receiver Amari Cooper suffered a rib injury. The Browns dropped to 7-4 with the loss and were surpassed by Steelers in the AFC North standings due to Pittsburgh having a better division record.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson suffered the concussion after getting blasted by outside linebacker Baron Browning on a deep throw on third-and-12 near the end of the third quarter. Browning was called for roughing the passer on the play and the Browns were granted a first down. The Fox broadcast showed Thompson-Robinson with a bloody lip before he went back to the locker room for further evaluation.
Cooper took a hard shot to the side on an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter, resulting in a rib injury, and did not return. Additionally, Myles Simmons of Pro Football Talk pointed out that Fox sideline reporter Laura Okmin said that All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett had been favoring his left wrist, even using his right hand to congratulate teammates on the sideline with a high five.
Dorian Thompson Robinson got CRUSHED but this seems to be a clean hit…
4th and 12 stop wiped away by roughing the passer… wow.pic.twitter.com/3k1blLYK5A
— JPAFootball (@jasrifootball) November 26, 2023
Two plays later, Elijah Moore fumbled as he tried to reverse to Pierre Strong, and Broncos defensive lineman D.J. Jones recovered the loose ball at the Browns’ 20-yard line. Russell Wilson capitalized off the turnover with an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Adam Trautman to increase Denver’s lead to 24-12.
P.J. Walker replaced Thompson-Robinson, completing 6 of 13 passes for 56 yards. Veteran Joe Flacco was signed to the practice squad earlier this week and was not elevated to the 53-man roster. Thompson-Robinson completed 14 of 29 passes (48.3%) for 134 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 73.1. So even if Thompson-Robinson is cleared to play, the Browns might want to go with the 38-year-old Flacco for next Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.