Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku reportedly suffered burns to his face and arm after trying to light a fire pit at his house.
According to Dianna Russini of The Athletic, Njoku is now questionable for the Browns matchup with the Baltimore Ravens at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
This sounds terrible. Browns? TE David Njoku is questionable against the Ravens after sustaining burn injuries to his face and arm during a household accident.
— Dianna Russini (@DMRussini) September 30, 2023
Njoku is in his seventh season in the NFL, all with the Browns. In three games this season, Njoku has 10 catches for 92 yards but has yet to find the end zone. For his career, the 6'4" tight end has caught 216 passes for 2,474 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Njoku has been a relatively dependable player in his career, playing in at least 13 games in five of his first six seasons in the NFL. It's unclear how long burn injuries could keep the veteran tight end out of the lineup, if at all, due to the various degrees of burn0related injuries.
Losing Njoku would be another big blow to the Cleveland offense, which is currently operating without star running back Nick Chubb, who suffered a significant knee injury against the Steelers in Week 2.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson is also questionable for the game with a right shoulder injury. Watson has noted that he expects to play in the AFC North divisional showdown on Sunday.
While early in the season, the winner of this game would hold a 3-1 record through the first four weeks of the season. A win for Ravens would put them at 2-0 in divisional play and in the driver's seat to take home the AFC North crown. A loss for the Browns would significantly hurt their chances of winning the division after losing to the Steelers in Week 2.
Not having Njoku, along with Chubb and possibly Watson, would make this quite the up-hill climb for the Browns on Sunday.
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