Cleveland Browns Rest Key Players in Regular-Season Finale

The Cleveland Browns faced the Cincinnati Bengals in their regular-season finale on Sunday, January 7, 2024. With the No. 5 seed locked in for their postseason berth, the Browns decided to rest several key players to prepare for a deep playoff run. Head coach Kevin Stefanski announced that quarterback Joe Flacco would rest against the Bengals, with newly added Jeff Driskel taking the start. Additionally, defensive end Myles Garrett was among the starters resting on Sunday.

Inactives for the Game

The Browns released their inactive list before the game, which included the following players:

  • CB Greg Newsome II
  • S Juan Thornhill
  • WR Amari Cooper
  • WR Marquise Goodwin
  • K Dustin Hopkins
  • CB Mike Ford Jr.
  • DE Myles Garrett

Game Implications

The game against the Bengals held no post-season implications for the Browns, who were already locked into their playoff seed. However, Cleveland aimed to finish strong and extend their four-game win streak to five, entering the Wild Card matchup with high momentum. The Browns' opponents in the first round would be either the Jacksonville Jaguars or the Houston Texans, a decision that would be made after the Jaguars finished their game.

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