Browns elevate RB John Kelly Jr., K Riley Patterson for Wild Card showdown vs. Texans

The Cleveland Browns elevate two players from the practice squad for their bout against the Houston Texans as running back John Kelly Jr. and kicker Riley Patterson will suit up.

With kicker Dustin Hopkins still nursing a hamstring injury suffered the last time the Browns and Texans squared off, Patterson will get the start at kicker. With this game being inside, the consequences are not as dire as they could be the rest of the way out if the Browns win. Patterson is 1-of-1 on kicks and six-of-seven on extra points this season with the Browns.

Kelly Jr. is getting the call up as Pierre Strong Jr. is questionable in this game with a back injury. The third-string running back, kick returner, and punt team gunner hurt his back in the Week 18 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Can Patterson and Kelly come through for the Browns against the Texans if and when they are called upon as they look to make their run at a Super Bowl?

Story originally appeared on Browns Wire