Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has a sprained throwing shoulder. Running back Trent Richardson departed Denver on Sunday with a foot in a walking boot. But head coach Pat Shurmur didn't close the door on either player giving it a go this Sunday versus the Steelers. Shurmur didn't say anything about Weeden's status other than to confirm that he has a sprained right shoulder. All he would say about Richardson is that his ankle isn't broken and "we haven't finished up the evaluation."
Given the nature of Weeden's injury and the beating that Richardson's body has taken this season, it would be nothing short of outrageous if either player was active for Week 17. Expect quarterback Colt McCoy and running back Montario Hardesty to take over.
Concerning next season, Weeden is off the fantasy radar in all but deep two-quarterback leagues. Richardson's season looks like a bit of a disappointment -- less than 1,000 yards rushing, averaged 3.6 yards per carry -- but he did catch 51 passes and scored a total of 12 touchdowns. The fact is Richardson was probably never healthy at any point of the season. On last week's injury report, Richardson was listed as probable with "chest/rib/finger," and now he has a sprained ankle. His running style will leave him open to more injuries, but a offseason of rest and learning and some upgrades to the Browns' offensive line should do wonders for him. At worst, he's a strong RB2 heading into 2013.