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Browns Place WR Miles Austin on IR, Sign RB Shaun Draughn

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The Cleveland Browns placed WR Miles Austin on injured reserve on Tuesday, ending his season. This past Sunday, Austin arguably had his best receiving game of the season, but when he caught QB Johnny Manziel's first NFL completion, he tried to hurdle defenders after the catch.

Miles Austin

Austin remained hospitalized for three days after the game in Buffalo, but is expected to be released on Wednesday. According to ILB Karlos Dansby, Austin suffered a lacerated kidney, the sound of which makes me cringe. Austin finishes the season with 47 catches for 568 yards and 2 touchdowns. It is expected that WR Josh Gordon will take on an even bigger workload moving forward and that WR Taylor Gabriel's reps will return to what he was playing prior to Gordon's return.

The Browns signed veteran RB Shaun Draughn to take Austin's spot on the roster. Draughn is a pass protecting back who can play on special teams, but there is a chance he could be waived by the time Sunday comes around. RB Isaiah Crowell missed Wednesday's practice with a hip injury. If he can't play on Sunday, Draughn will be active. If Crowell is good-to-go, the Browns will either have Draughn inactive, or will make another roster move, perhaps one to address the tight end position, where TE Gary Barnidge might have broken ribs and TE Jordan Cameron is still trying to work his way back from a concussion.