CLEVELAND — The start of the Browns-Texans game was delayed due to a severe storm in the area.
The players were on the field when heavy rain and hail arrived during the national anthem. Before the coin toss, the players were sent back to the locker rooms at 1 p.m., and fans were told to leave their seats and “shelter in place” inside the concourses at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Lightning was spotted near the stadium.
The NFL announced at 1:20 that the teams would retake the field at 1:25 and get 10 minutes to warm up.
The forecast calls for winds gusting to 55-60 mph along the lakefront this afternoon.
The Browns are 5-3 and coming off their bye. The Texans are 2-6.
The Browns are giving linebacker Jacob Phillips more time to recover from the knee injury that’s cost him most of his rookie season.
Phillips was made inactive for today’s game vs. the Texans at FirstEnergy Stadium and will miss his fourth straight.
Phillips was listed as questionable on the official injury report Friday. He returned to practice Monday following the bye and was limited all week.
He injured the knee in the opener, returned in Week 4 and aggravated it in Week 5.
The inactives list featured no shocks, although receiver Taywan Taylor is a mild surprise. He might be the quickest wideout on the roster after the season-ending injury to Odell Beckham Jr. but has played only 13 snaps in two games this season and doesn’t have a catch.
Taylor being inactive is likely a signal the Browns (5-3) plan to rely on the run and short passing game against the Texans (2-6), especially with running back Nick Chubb and right guard Wyatt Teller returning to the lineup following injuries.
The active receivers are Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, KhaDarel Hodge and rookie Donovan Peoples-Jones.
The other inactives are: running back Dontrell Hilliard, cornerback Robert Jackson, safety Jovante Moffatt and defensive end Joe Jackson.
Linebacker Malcolm Smith was chosen as the game captain by coach Kevin Stefanski.
The Texans inactives are: left guard Senio Kelemete (concussion), defensive end Charles Omenihu (hamstring), quarterback Josh McCown, receivers Keke Coutee and Isaiah Coulter and center Cornell Armstrong.