Browns rookie cornerback Greg Newsome II ruled out vs. Ravens after suffering concussion in practice

Nate Ulrich
Akron Beacon Journal
Browns cornerback Greg Newsome II (20) hit his head on the last play of practice Friday and is being evaluated for a possible concussion. His status for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens is in doubt.

BEREA — Rookie cornerback Greg Newsome II was diagnosed with a concussion Friday, and the Browns ruled him out of Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Browns announced Newsome fell and hit his head on the final play of Friday's practice, leading the team's medical staff to evaluate the first-round draft pick for a concussion. He was later diagnosed with a concussion and ruled out.

The Browns announced the developments after the last full-scale practice of the week.

Newsome being inactive this weekend for a crucial AFC North game at FirstEnergy Stadium is another significant blow to the Browns (6-6) as they attempt to keep their playoff hopes flickering against the division-leading Ravens (8-4).

The Browns placed tight end David Njoku, linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. and punter Jamie Gillan on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week and ruled them out Friday along with rookie wide receiver Anthony Schwartz (concussion) and tight end Harrison Bryant (high ankle sprain).

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Drafted 26th overall out of Northwestern University, Newsome has started nine of the 10 games in which he has appeared this season, compiling 26 tackles and seven passes defensed. He missed two games with a calf injury.

The Browns will likely start Greedy Williams opposite Denzel Ward with Newsome ruled out. Williams has played in 11 games this season and started four, including two when Newsome was sidelined in Weeks 4 and 5.

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The Browns' trio of notable outside cornerbacks has performed well this season. has Ward ranked fifth, Williams 16th and Newsome 38th among 118 qualifying cornerbacks.

Newsome has looked the part every step of the way in his first NFL season, even while dabbling at nickelback when Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods has needed him there.

"I think he's confident," Woods said Thursday. "He has played against some of the better receivers, just based on the teams we've played, and held his own. I think that gives him confidence when he sees, ‘Hey, I can make a play against these guys.’ I think he's doing a good job, and the versatility of him playing outside and inside is very valuable to us."

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