David Njoku’s name appeared on the Cleveland Browns’ injury report ahead of their Sunday game against the Baltimore Ravens.
The 27-year-old tight end was listed as questionable on the report due to “burn injuries to his face and arm sustained in a household accident,” as stated in an update on the team’s website on Saturday.
The incident occurred while Njoku was attempting to light a fire pit in his backyard on Friday night, as reported by ESPN.
His agent, Malki Kawa, posted a brief update about the NFL star on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) on Saturday, expressing gratitude for the concern and support from fans and well-wishers.
While Njoku’s availability for the game remained uncertain, the Browns activated tight end Zaire Mitchell-Paden from their practice squad as a potential replacement, should Njoku be unable to take the field, according to the team’s announcement.
However, Njoku hinted in a post on X Saturday afternoon that he would be ready to play on Sunday, stating, “The flesh is weak. See u tomorrow #DawgPound,” in reference to the team’s nickname.
He showed up to the game in a full mask hiding his burns caused by the household accident.
Njoku, a 2017 draft pick, has had a strong season thus far, recording 10 catches for 92 yards. He is coming off a career-high performance in 2022 with 58 receptions for 628 yards and four touchdowns.