The Cleveland Browns have announced today that newly added wide receiver Charles Johnson has a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will undergo surgery. Johnson was just recently signed off the Green Bay Packers practice squad on Saturday.
Of course, the Browns take on the Packers at Lambeau Field this week.
Unfortunately for the Browns, the injury wasn't discovered until his physical on Wednesday. When a team signs a player off of another team's practice squad, they do so before having the benefit of being able to give them a physical.
Now Cleveland is stuck with Johnson for the next two weeks. Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal explains:
Johnson will occupy a spot on the Browns’ 53-man roster until after they play the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 27. Per NFL rules, players signed off practice squads must remain on the 53-man roster for at least three games.
On the bright side for the Browns, this does line up perfectly with the time offensive lineman Jason Pinkston is set to come off the "injured reserve – designated for return" list. Pinkston did practice today.