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Kareem Hunt, Joel Bitonio, Denzel Ward active for game vs. Cowboys

Running back Kareem Hunt (groin), left guard Joel Bitonio (back), cornerback Denzel Ward (groin) and defensive end Olivier Vernon (abdomen) are active for today’s game against the Cowboys in Arlington, Texas.

They had been limited in practice during the week and listed as questionable on the official injury report.

Bitonio, Ward and Vernon are expected to start.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at AT&T Stadium.

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Bitonio hasn’t missed an offensive snap since the start of 2016. Ward started last week’s 34-20 win over Washington but sat out the second half. Vernon missed the last two games.

Hunt didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday and was limited Friday. He’s formed a lethal combination with starter Nick Chubb in the team’s 2-1 start.

“He’s a tough, tough dude,” coach Kevin Stefanski told ESPN regarding Hunt. “I’d hesitate to say (he’ll have) his normal role. We’re going to have to monitor him.”

That could mean Hunt will play primarily on third down, leaving most of the rushes to Chubb.

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Receiver Rashard Higgins is a healthy scratch for the second straight game. Pass game coordinator/receivers coach Chad O’Shea raved about him Friday, but the team chose to activate rookie sixth-round pick Donovan Peoples-Jones after he was a healthy scratch for the first three games.

Peoples-Jones is expected to return kicks after JoJo Natson tore an anterior cruciate ligament vs. Washington and was lost for the season.

The Browns’ other inactives are: cornerback Greedy Williams (shoulder), defensive end Adrian Clayborn (hip), linebacker/special teamer Tae Davis (elbow) and guard Evan Brown.

Terrance Mitchell will start his fourth straight game in place of Williams.

Rookie linebacker Jacob Phillips (knee) and rookie offensive lineman Nick Harris (illness) are also active after being listed as questionable. Phillips missed the last two games, and Harris didn’t practice Friday.

Safety Andrew Sendejo was named the game captain.

For the Cowboys, left tackle Tyron Smith (neck) and rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs (shoulder/knee) are active after being listed as questionable. Smith, a seven-time Pro Bowler, missed the previous two games.

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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