CLEVELAND—Justin Gilbert appeared to be scheduled to play in his first game—until he was not.
Gilbert was inactive for the first two games still recovering from a hip flexor that he suffered back on Aug. 17 while the Browns were practicing with the Bills in Rochester, N.Y. However, after being off of the injury list as of Wednesday this week, Gilbert came up with a hamstring injury during practice and was limited on Thursday and Friday.
With Gilbert active, he will likely move into the fourth cornerback position as Pierre Desir is expected to be the third cornerback with K’Waun Williams being inactive. Williams was inactive after entering the NFL’s concussion protocol program during the week. Williams complained of headaches during the week and after suffering two other concussions in the last year was put into the protocol.
Gilbert was the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and was expected to contribute this season, but will have his first opportunity on the field to do so in 2015 against the Raiders.
Also, the Browns will be without starting defensive end Desmond Bryant, who missed all week with a shoulder injury. John Hughes will start in place of Bryant.
Dwayne Bowe is inactive for the second time in three week. After being inactive in the season opener against the Jets, he was active against the Titans, but did not catch a pass in his eight offensive snaps. He had one third down pass thrown his direction.
Other inactives were quarterback Austin Davis, running back Robert Turbin, linebacker Scott Solomon and tight end E.J. Bibbs.