Case Keenum, D'Ernest Johnson carry Cleveland to 17-14 win over Broncos

Nate Ulrich, Akron Beacon Journal on

Published in Football

On the bright side, wide receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. played together for the first time since OBJ suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Oct. 25, 2020, against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Landry had missed the previous four games with a sprained medial collateral ligament he suffered in Week 2 against the Texans, but the Browns activated him from IR Thursday afternoon. Beckham entered Thursday listed as questionable to play, but he pushed through a right shoulder injury he suffered Sunday versus the Cardinals. Beckham landed the shoulder on an incomplete pass along Cleveland's sideline with 42 seconds left in the second quarter, but Beckham returned for the offense's first series of the third quarter and caught passes of 6 and 17 yards on back-to-back plays.

Although Conklin missed his second consecutive game, starting left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. provided a positive development by returning from a two-game absence caused by an ankle injury he has been dealing with since the Sept. 12 season opener.

Landry stood out in his return, catching five passes for 37 yards. Beckham added two catches for 23 yards.

But D'Ernest Johnson was the real hero for the Browns. Starting at running back with Chubb and Hunt out, Johnson rushed 22 times for a career-high 146 yards (6.6 average) and a touchdown.

On third-and-7 from the Denver 20-yard line and with 1:09 left to play, Johnson rushed for 8 yards and a first down to seal the victory.


Denver Broncos make things very interesting after falling behind early

The Browns led 10-0 at halftime, and the Broncos faced an uphill battle in terms of a comeback attempt, especially because they lost their best player late in the first half.

Broncos eight-time Pro Bowl edge rusher Von Miller suffered an ankle injury with 47 seconds left in the first half, when he collided with defensive end Dre'Mont Jones while trying to sack Keenum. Miller didn't return.

But the Broncos still managed to show life, manufacturing a 13-play, 79-yard scoring drive to open the third quarter.


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