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Karl Joseph active, but Ronnie Harrison expected to start at strong safety vs. Bengals

Strong safety Karl Joseph is active after missing two games with a hamstring injury, but Ronnie Harrison is expected to start at strong safety today against the Bengals in Cincinnati.

Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Paul Brown Stadium.

Joseph was limited in practice during the week and listed as questionable on the official injury report. He started the first four games.

Harrison missed the 38-7 loss to the Steelers last week with a concussion but practiced fully during the week. He returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown Oct. 11 in the win over the Colts before getting the concussion.


The Colts game was his first start for the Browns after being acquired from the Jaguars in a trade Sept. 3.

“I really enjoy working with Ronnie,” secondary coach Jeff Howard said Friday. “And the reason why is because I think Ronnie loves football. And he does not really talk about that, but you can see it in his play.

“When we go out to a walkthrough, when we go out to practice, he just enjoys playing ball and you can see that with his effort, his focus, his questions. And that is what I have really enjoyed working with Ronnie.”

The Browns had no surprises on their inactives list.

Right guard Wyatt Teller (calf), tight end Austin Hooper (appendectomy) and rookie linebacker Jacob Phillips (knee) were ruled out Friday.

Receiver Taywan Taylor and defensive end Joe Jackson are healthy scratches.

Notes: Austin Hooper has appendectomy, won’t play Sunday vs. Bengals

Chris Hubbard will start his second straight game in place of Teller.

Rookie fourth-round pick Harrison Bryant is expected to start in place of Hooper, with David Njoku seeing a lot of playing time.

Linebacker B.J. Goodson was chosen by the coaches to be the game captain.

The Bengals ruled out running back Joe Mixon (foot) and cornerback Williams Jackson III (concussion) on Friday.

Speedy receiver John Ross is also inactive. He didn’t practice Friday with an illness and was listed as questionable.

Former Browns kicker Austin Seibert is a healthy inactive.

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