Cleveland (hamstring) has been ruled out Sunday against the 49ers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Cleveland was limited by a hamstring injury during Thursday's practice session and didn't take the field Friday. He'll be held out for Sunday's primetime matchup, which could lead to increased playing time for Montrell Washington and Kendall Hinton.
Sep 25, 2022 4:08 PM EST
Cleveland (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Analysis: Cleveland popped up on the injury report Thursday as a limited participant and didn't practice Friday, so he's certainly trending in the wrong direction ahead of Week 3. It's unclear when he suffered the injury, but he caught two of three targets for 28 yards while playing 27 offensive snaps during Week 2 with KJ Hamler (knee) sidelined. Jerry Jeudy (ribs) and Hamler are also questionable for Sunday's primetime showdown with San Francisco, so Denver's wideout corps may be extremely thin against the 49ers.
Sep 23, 2022 1:44 PM EST
Cleveland (hamstring) was a limited participant during the Broncos' practice Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Cleveland appeared on Denver's injury report after fully participating during practice Wednesday, though it's unclear how he sustained this unspecified hamstring injury. The 25-year-old caught two of his three targets for 28 yards while playing 27 offensive snaps with wideout KJ Hamler (knee) out in Week 2. Cleveland did not record a reception while playing 83 of his 112 total snaps on special teams last season, though he could see increased usage again if Hamler and Jerry Jeudy (ribs/shoulder) are ultimately unable to suit up for Sunday's game against the 49ers.
Sep 22, 2022 4:34 PM EST
Cleveland registered two receptions for 28 yards on three targets Sunday in the Broncos' 16-9 win over the Texans.
Analysis: Top wideout Courtland Sutton was targeted on 11 of Russell Wilson's 31 throws Week 2, but the rest of the quarterback's passes were otherwise spread out, as eight other pass catchers saw between one and four targets on the day. In fact, Cleveland notably saw more looks than top tight end Albert Okwuegbunam (two) while also tying Jerry Jeudy for second place among Denver's wideouts. Considering Cleveland played just eight snaps on offense in the season-opening loss to the Seahawks and was only on the field for 42 percent of the offensive plays Week 2, he likely won't warrant much attention in fantasy circles moving forward. The Broncos could be without Jeudy for their Week 3 matchup with the 49ers after he suffered a rib injury Sunday, but No. 3 receiver KJ Hamler (knee/hip) is expected to be available after a one-game absence to close off any path Cleveland might have had to seeing a major jump in involvement as a pass catcher.
Sep 20, 2022 8:06 AM EST
Cleveland (neck) returned to practice Wednesday, Ellie Kinney of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Cleveland suffered a throat injury during an Aug. 1 practice and has been sidelined since. However, the third-year wideout returned to practice Wednesday and appears in line to be ready for Week 1. The 2020 seventh-round pick has mostly operated on special teams during his first two NFL campaigns, but he could be in store for a bigger offensive workload in 2022 with Tim Patrick (knee) on season-ending IR.
Aug 31, 2022 3:24 PM EST
Cleveland suffered cartilage damage in his neck and likely will sit out for the remainder of the preseason as a result, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Cleveland will not require surgery after he was struck in the throat by a helmet during practice, and the Broncos hope he will be ready to return for the season opener on Sept. 12 Klis. The 2020 seventh-round pick figures to see a larger role this coming regular season after fellow wideout Tim Patrick suffered a season-ending torn ACL in training camp. With Cleveland sidelined for the remainder of the offseason, wideouts Seth Williams and Travis Fulgham should see increased reps during Denver's upcoming slate of preseason games.
Aug 4, 2022 11:23 AM EST
Cleveland was present at practice and stretching Wednesday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Cleveland suffered an ankle injury at Broncos minicamp in June, but it appears he's put that injury behind him at this point. He'll have to compete to make the roster in a crowded Denver wide receivers room, and it doesn't help his case that the team added Montrell Washington in the fifth round of this year's draft and Travis Fulgham this offseason.
Jul 27, 2022 9:21 AM EST
Cleveland appears to have just suffered a sprained ankle during Monday's minicamp practices after MRI scans confirmed there was no damage to his Achilles or knee, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Cleveland had to be carted off after going down on the final play of Denver's practice Monday, leaving many worried that the wideout may have a severe injury. Early tests seem to indicate that the injury was much less serious, however, as the 2021 seventh-round pick took to his personal Twitter account to update fans with the positive news of his clear MRI results.
Jun 13, 2022 6:29 PM EST
Cleveland (knee) was injured on the final play of practice Monday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: While it's unclear what his injury is, it's not a great sign that he had to be carted off the field. The Broncos have a ton of competition at wideout this offseason, so Cleveland will try to work his way back onto the field as quickly as he can.
Jun 13, 2022 12:17 PM EST
Cleveland was signed to the Broncos' active roster from the practice squad Friday, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Cleveland was restored to the Broncos' practice squad Wednesday from the COVID list and now moves to the active roster. He's appeared in six games this season, seeing 26 offensive snaps and one target but no receptions. With the Broncos' wide receiver unit returning Jerry Jeudy and Tim Patrick from COVID protocols, Cleveland will likely see more work on special teams than on offense Saturday against the Chiefs.
Jan 7, 2022 4:57 PM EST
Cleveland was restored to the Broncos' practice squad from the COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aric DiLalla from the Broncos' official site reports.
Analysis: Cleveland has appeared in six games for the Broncos this season but none since Week 10. Now cleared to return to the team, Cleveland will work to earn another shot with the Broncos' active roster in Week 18 against the Chiefs.
Jan 5, 2022 1:59 PM EST
Cleveland (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Cleveland joined Denver's practice squad in early December after being waived by the team. He's appeared in six games for the Broncos this season and is now unavailable until he clears the health and safety protocols.
Dec 29, 2021 9:47 PM EST
The Broncos are planning to sign Cleveland back to their practice squad, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Cleveland was waived by the Broncos on Saturday, but after clearing waivers, it appears he will rejoin the team's practice squad. The 2020 seventh-round pick has suited up for seven games this season but only saw action in one of them.
Dec 7, 2021 12:58 PM EST
Denver waived Cleveland on Saturday, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Cleveland has suited up for seven games this season but only saw action in one. Most recently, he has dealt with a hamstring issue. He will likely be a candidate to revert to the Broncos' practice squad assuming he clears waivers.
Dec 4, 2021 3:55 PM EST
Cleveland (hamstring) does not carry an Troy Renck of Denver 7 News into Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Cleveland suffered a hamstring injury during practice leading up to the team's Week 12 matchup against the Chargers and remained sidelined for the game. However, he was able to practice in limited fashion Wednesday and Thursday prior to logging a full session Friday in preparation for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. He should serve primarily in a special teams role.
Dec 3, 2021 6:10 PM EST
Cleveland (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Analysis: Cleveland suffered a late-week injury, which always threatens to keep one out of a game. The Broncos will accordingly be without some of their special-teams depth.
Nov 28, 2021 12:02 PM EST
Cleveland (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Chargers.
Analysis: Cleveland seemingly picked up the injury during practice Thursday after beginning the week as a full participant. However, he did not practice at all Friday, leaving his status for Sunday uncertain. Cleveland has served nearly exclusively on special teams this season, as he has only one target and no receptions across six contests on the campaign.
Nov 27, 2021 7:15 PM EST
Cleveland failed to secure his lone target in Thursday's 17-14 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Cleveland played on just four of the Broncos' 50 offensive snaps Thursday. The 24-year-old wideout was elevated from the team's practice squad ahead of the contest to serve as depth for Denver's offense. Despite his extremely limited role in the passing game, Cleveland was mostly a contributor on special teams, playing on 70 percent of special teams snaps in the game. With fellow wideout Jerry Jeudy making his return from an ankle injury in the near future, Cleveland will likely have a difficult time seeing the field going forward. The Broncos will square off against Washington in Week 8.
Oct 23, 2021 5:05 AM EST
The Broncos have promoted Cleveland to the active roster for Thursday's game against the Browns.
Analysis: Cleveland is being elevated for a third straight contest, so after Thursday's game the Broncos will need to decide whether to sign him to the active roster. The second-year pro has yet to draw a target this season, but he has handled a depth role on offense and contributed on special teams.
Oct 20, 2021 12:57 PM EST
Cleveland reverted to the Broncos' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.
Analysis: Cleveland was a gameday elevation for Sunday's loss to the Ravens, and he played 10 snaps on offense and 13 on special teams, recording one tackle. The 2020 seventh-round pick caught six passes for 63 yards as a rookie last year, but he is without a catch through two appearances in 2021.
Oct 18, 2021 5:04 PM EST
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