Week 9 Essential NFL Practice News & Notes for Thursday
Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. According to beat writer Scott Petrak, Kessler is expected to start in Week 9 if he can clear the concussion protocol. He’s practicing fully, so it looks good. However, Hue Jackson has not committed to either Kessler or Josh McCown as the starter.
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Roethlisberger is on track to play, though it’s a tough matchup against the Ravens. Roethlisberger has one passing touchdown in his last three trips to Baltimore.
Chiefs QB Alex Smith (head, ear) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Smith apparently won’t play in Week 9. Nick Foles will get the start against the Jaguars, who are decent against the pass. Foles isn’t a bad streaming option after doing pretty well against the Colts (223 yards and two touchdowns on 22 attempts).