News: Dansby (knee) is inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Falcons.
Impact: Dansby is believed to have suffered a sprained MCL in Week 11, so it's no surprise to see him sit out just a week after sustaining the injury. The Browns' combined tackle leader will have to wait until at least Week 13 against the Bills to add to his total. Look for Christian Kirksey or Tank Carder to see added reps in in the base defense, with Craig Robertson to see time in the nickel package, per Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.
News: Sheard (foot) is active for Sunday's matchup with the Falcons.
Impact: Sheard had been a game-time decision, but his activity in pregame warmups gave Cleveland brass enough confidence to tag him with an active status Sunday afternoon. With Karlos Dansby (knee) ruled out for the contest, there may be more tackle opportunities awaiting Sheard in the afternoon tilt.
News: Crowell is listed as the Browns' starting running back in advance of Sunday's game against the Falcons, ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi reports.
Impact: Crowell will look to make an impact in his return to his home state of Atlanta, and as of two hours before kickoff, he's listed over fellow rookie Terrance West on the depth chart. Grossi does note that this could change at a moment's notice, however, as the Cleveland backfield situation has been highly unpredictable leading up to Week 12. The situation got a bit clearer this week with Tuesday's release of Ben Tate, but Crowell will still have to hold off West if he's going to maintain his role as the lead option. Should Crowell run into ball control issues, or the Browns see a successful drive at the hands of West, the tide could begin to turn. Crowell had nine more carries than West in Week 11, and unless something changes unexpectedly, a similar patter should be anticipated.
News: The Browns officially activated Gordon to their 53-man roster on Saturday, NFL.com reports.
Impact: The move was a formality, with the stage now officially set for Gordon, in his return to action after serving a 10-game suspension, to take aim Sunday at a Falcons' defense that is giving up a league-high average of 281.2 yards passing yards per game. While the report relays that the Browns have suggested that they plan to keep Gordon on a snap count Sunday, we suspect that the dynamic wideout will see enough work and targets in his first game back to help out his fantasy owners in Week 12.
News: The Browns activated Gordon, clearing the way for him to make his season debut on Sunday in Atlanta.
Impact: Cleveland officially activated the All-Pro from the exempt/commissioner permission list Saturday and waived backup outside linebacker Keith Pough. The roster move with Gordon was a formality after he was reinstated earlier in the week after serving a 10-game league suspension for violating the drug policy. He'll be on the field at the Georgia Dome when the Browns (6-4) take on the Falcons (4-6). Gordon led the NFL with 1,646 yards receiving in just 14 games last year.