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Perrion Winfrey, Isaiah Thomas active; Tommy Togiai, Chase Winovich healthy scratches

CLEVELAND — The Browns (3-7) made a couple of changes with the inactives along the defensive line.

Rookie defensive tackle Perrion Winfrey and rookie defensive end Isaiah Thomas are active today to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Defensive tackle Tommy Togiai and defensive end Chase Winovich are healthy scratches.

Kickoff is 1 p.m. at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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Winfrey, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma, had been inactive the previous three games. He was a healthy scratch Oct. 31 vs. the Bengals, inactive vs. the Dolphins after missing practice time with an illness and inactive last week in the concussion protocol.

He told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com he hit his head in a scooter accident. He returned to practice during the week.

In six games, Winfrey has five tackles, one quarterback hit, one tackle for loss and two passes defensed. He was inactive Week 2 for a disciplinary reason.

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Togiai, a fourth-round pick out of Ohio State in 2021, had played in all 10 games, including two starts. He has 10 tackles, a half-sack, two quarterback hits and a pass defensed.

Thomas, a seventh-round pick, was a healthy scratch last week in Winovich’s return from injured reserve. In seven games, Thomas has eight tackles, one for loss, a sack, two quarterback hits, a fumble recovery and two passes defensed.

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Winovich has one tackle and two quarterback hits in three games.

The other inactives are cornerback Greg Newsome II (concussion), third quarterback Kellen Mond, rookie receiver Michael Woods II and receiver/returner Demetric Felton Jr.

Newsome will miss his second straight game and be replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Martin Emerson Jr.

For the Buccaneers (5-5), Pro Bowl nose tackle Vita Vea (foot) is active. He didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday, returned Friday and was listed as questionable.

Guard Luke Goedeke (foot), running back Leonard Fournette (hip) and receiver Russell Gage (hamstring) had previously been ruled out.

The Browns elevated linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. from the practice squad on Saturday and he’s active.

STADIUM UPDATES

The vandalism of the FirstEnergy Stadium turf from early last week was obvious. Two large double rings marked the west end of the field but were considered superficial.

Someone turfed the field Tuesday morning, and the Browns reported the incident to the Cleveland Police Department.

On a lighter note, Brownie the Elf’s costume was changed to camouflage for the midfield logo in honor of the NFL’s Salute to Service initiative.

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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