The Cleveland Browns activated tight end David Njoku on Saturday.
In a corresponding transaction, the team placed cornerback Robert Jackson on injured reserve with an ankle injury.
Njoku, who is in his third season with the Browns, has been sidelined since Week 2 when he suffered a broken wrist and a concussion on a borderline cheap hit by New York Jets cornerback Nate Hairston. Njoku was originally hoping to avoid surgery on his wrist, but later opted to have it repaired so that he could return this season.
The Browns designated Njoku to return from injured reserve on November 20 and had 21 days to activate him or he would return to the injured reserve list for the remainder of the season. Much to the consternation of some Browns fans, the team decided not to rush Njoku back and took the full amount of time to allow him to get back up to speed.
Njoku’s return to the field on Sunday will give quarterback Baker Mayfield his full set of offensive weapons for the first time since the opening quarter of the game against the Jets.
In four career games against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday’s opponent, Njoku has 14 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
A first-round selection in the 2017 NFL Draft, Njoku has 92 catches for 1,062 yards and nine touchdowns with the Browns, including four receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown this season before his injury.