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Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 6:48pm
Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline has been placed on injured reserve with a broken left collarbone, ending his first season with Cleveland.
Hartline was injured Sunday in a 24-10 win over San Francisco. He made eight catches for 107 yards before he got hurt while being tackled in the second half. The Browns said he had surgery on Tuesday in Cleveland. Hartline, who signed as a free agent in the offseason, finished with 46 catches for 523 yards and two touchdowns.
Hartline's injury further depletes Cleveland's wide receivers. Andrew Hawkins has been sidelined with a concussion and Taylor Gabriel only recently returned from a head injury.
Posted by Andy Rioux
Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 9:34pm
Week 14 vs San Francisco
Brian Hartline led the Browns in receiving last Sunday when they were destroyed by Cincinnati, catching eight passes for 83 yards. Hartline was prolific in part because Travis Benjamin left with an injury, but over his last three games, Brian is averaging 7.3 receptions and 78 yards per game.
Nevertheless, Hartline has never been a big touchdown scorer and has a very low ceiling, even against a generally poor San Francisco pass defense. Benjamin should be back in the lineup and the potential return of Taylor Gabriel could also take some targets away from Hartline. Standard league owners should bypass Brian. He might be able to squeak out WR3 value in PPR leagues, making him a passable flyer for anyone in a bind.
2015 Strength of Schedule - CLE
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats