It has to be rough being a fringe NFL starter, only to have an injury rip away quite possibly your only chance at ever having that type of role. On Wednesday, the Cleveland Browns announced three injury-related moves.
- MLB Tank Carder placed on IR (knee)
- OT Matt McCants placed on IR (ankle)
- S Justin Currie waived/injured (ankle)
We had already heard the news on Tuesday about Carder, who tore his ACL after being in line to start for the first time of his career. Carder is the fourth-longest tenured player on the Browns.
Also on Tuesday, head coach Hue Jackson had said that McCants and Currie “would miss some time” with ankle injuries. For McCants, that’s now the entire season. Cleveland is lacking depth at the offensive tackle spot, and although he wasn’t a lock by any stretch to make the roster, he had some experience under his belt.
Currie had ascended the depth chart quickly after injuries to safeties Ed Reynolds and Ibraheim Campbell. In fact, he was listed as a starter alongside Derrick Kindred heading into Monday night’s game. Obviously, the club didn’t value him too much to the point where they felt they needed him at some point in 2017. Currie will revert to IR if he clears waivers, and then could be released once his ankle heals.
The three moves brought Cleveland’s roster down to 87 players. They did announce one signing before the end of the day -- DB Christian Bryant -- who we’ll have more on Thursday morning.