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Cleveland Browns defeat Denver Broncos 17-14 for Thursday Night Football

Cleveland Browns quarterback Case Keenum (5) hands the ball off to running back D'Ernest...
Cleveland Browns quarterback Case Keenum (5) hands the ball off to running back D'Ernest Johnson (30) during the first half of the team's NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)(David Richard | AP)
Published: Oct. 21, 2021 at 8:11 PM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns’ first prime-time game of the season ended with a 17-14 victory on their home turn against the Denver Broncos for Thursday Night Football.

The injury-depleted Cleveland Browns received a little good news ahead of Thursday night’s prime-time home game against the Denver Broncos.

Reliable wide receiver Jarvis Landry was activated from the Injured Reserve list on Thursday after missing the last four games while recovering from a knee injury.

NFL Network’s James Palmer also reported that OBJ would take the field, despite a shoulder injury.

While the return of the five-time Pro Bowl receiver and OBJ is helpful, the Cleveland Browns will still be without quarterback Baker Mayfield and both star running backs, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt.

Reports are out that Mayfield’s torn labrum isn’t the only injury keeping him out of the game.

[ Scans show QB Baker Mayfield has 2 shoulder injuries, reports say ]

The QB1 also fractured his humerus bone, according to FOX NFL Sunday insider Jay Glazer.

QB Case Keenum will be at the helm for the orange and brown with QB Nick Mullens suited up behind him, Browns insider Andrew Gribble confirmed earlier on Thursday.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS

The Browns showed that they weren’t going to let an injured roster stop them from scoring with an opening drive touchdown in just 2:40 into the game with five plays for 75 yards, thanks especially to TE Austin Hooper, RB Demetroic Felton, and RB D’Ernest Johnson.

The drive included Felton’s first career carry.

Also impressively, Johnson scored this first downtown of 2021 in his first start.

Add the extra point and Browns took the 7-0 lead less than 3 minutes into the game.

Their next possession put up more on the board with a 52-yard field goal by K Chase McLaughlin.

The Browns kept the Broncos scoreless going into the second half with 10-0 on the board.

Broncos finally answered with a touchdown (followed by the extra point) in the third quarter to close the gap to 10-7.

It didn’t take Cleveland long to increase their lead...

FB Johnny Stanton soon joined Johnson in getting his first career touchdown.

With one quarter left to go, the Browns kept the lead to 17-7.

Denver’s game of catch-up lead them to the endzone with 5:17 left in the fourth quarter.

Add the extra point and it became a three-point game with the Browns holding on to the 17-14 lead.

That was all the lead Cleveland would need to give the Browns the victory over the Broncos.

Browns advance to 4-3 while the Broncos drop to 3-4.

Cleveland gets a bit of a rest before the Browns take on the Steelers on Halloween.

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