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Browns TE Seth DeValve active for first time since opener; Tyrod Taylor will back up Baker Mayfield

CLEVELAND — Browns tight end Seth DeValve is active for today’s game vs. the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. He missed three games with a hamstring injury and could lighten the load on starter David Njoku, who has struggled with drops to start the season.

Linebacker Christian Kirksey (illness) and free safety Damarious Randall (heel) are active and expected to start after being listed as questionable on the injury report. Randall was injured Sept. 16 in New Orleans but has played through the pain. Kirksey missed practice Friday.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor will serve as the backup for the first time with the Browns (1-2-1). He started the first three games, left the Jets game with a concussion and was inactive last week with a back injury also suffered against the Jets.

Drew Stanton goes back to being the third quarterback and inactive.

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Backup cornerbacks/special teamers Denzel Rice and Tavierre Thomas are inactive. Rice has missed numerous tackles on the struggling special teams that will face a stern test against the Ravens (3-1).

Rookie defensive end Chad Thomas, a third-round pick, sixth-round rookie receiver Damion Ratley and guard Earl Watford were the other healthy scratches.

Backup linebacker James Burgess (knee) is inactive for the second straight game.

The Ravens will be without nose tackle Michael Pierce (foot).

Former Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III is also inactive for the Ravens.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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