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Browns TE David Njoku opens up about accident that left him with severe burns

DSprofileby:Dustin Schutte10/14/23


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Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Two weeks ago, Browns tight end David Njoku was involved in a scary incident that left him with severe burns. On Friday, just a few days before Cleveland hosts San Francisco, he opened up about his injury.

Njoku suffered the burns while attempting to light a fire pit in his yard. Although the situation was serious, it could have been much worse.

“I give all the glory to God. When it happened my eyes were open, so I saw everything and I really should’ve been blinded,” Njoku said. “Luckily I’m not, so I give all glory to God.”

Miraculously, Njoku avoided more serious injury. And he even played in Cleveland’s game against Baltimore just a few days after the incident.

Njoku was the team’s leading receiver that day, totaling six catches for 46 yards. The Browns had a bye week and are now gearing up to play an undefeated 49ers team at home this weekend.

Through four games, Njoku ranks third in receiving yards and receptions for the Browns. He’s hauled in 16 catches for 138 yards on 18 targets. Cleveland owns a 2-2 record.

Browns without Deshaun Watson for second game

Cleveland will be without starting quarterback Deshaun Watson for at least another week. Per CBS Sports‘ Josina Anderson, the Browns starter is unlikely to play in Sunday’s game against San Francisco.

Watson did not play in Cleveland’s Week 4 game against Baltimore. The Browns dropped that game 28-3 with Dorian Thompson-Robinson taking the snaps.

Watson is dealing with a shoulder injury, which has kept him sidelined. He played in the first three games before missing the showdown with Baltimore. Last week, the Browns had the week off.

Cleveland owns a 2-1 record with Watson under center, defeating the Bengals in Week 1 and Tennessee in Week 3. His only loss this season was a 26-22 defeat to Pittsburgh in Week 2.

In the Week 4 loss to the Ravens, Thompson-Robinson completed 19-of-36 passes for 121 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. He was also sacked four times for 48 yards. The Browns rushed for just 93 yards.

In his three appearances this season, Watson has thrown for 678 yards with four touchdowns, two interceptions and a 63.7% completion rate. He has reached the end zone once on the ground.

Sunday’s game from Cleveland is scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff. FOX will have coverage of the contest.