It was first mentioned earlier in the week that Browns wide receiver Davone Bess was battling some personal issues and was away from the team this week at practice. Now, with two games left, we won’t be seeing Bess suit up against either the Jets or Steelers. Bess was placed on the reserve non-football illness list, which will end his season. Per Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, this has been an ongoing issue all season with a family member back in Oakland, California. To pile on to his troubles, Bess posted a questionable photo to his Instagram account yesterday afternoon while away from the team which has since been deleted.
The Browns acquired Bess in the offseason on draft weekend, swapping their fourth and fifth round picks in last year’s draft for Bess and Miami’s fourth and seventh round selections. They then signed him to a 3-year, $11.5 million contract extension with about half of that being guaranteed. He has been an overwhelming disappointment this season, catching 42 passes for 342 yards and 2 touchdowns, both of which came in the Baltimore victory. One week earlier, he fumbled a punt return after Travis Benjamin was injured earlier in the game that cost the Browns a chance to tie the game against the Chiefs late in the fourth quarter. He has been a relative non-factor of late, and he ranks 4th in the league in drops with nine.
With Bess out, we’ll likely see more of Josh Cooper and Brian Tyms on Sunday. Tori Gurley is currently on the practice squad as well. With tight end Jordan Cameron ruled out of Sunday’s contest due to concussion symptoms, Jason Campbell’s going to have a few less options in the passing game.