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Browns place Ronnie Harrison on IR

Safety expected to miss 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury suffered on first play against Jacksonville.

Cleveland Browns v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns placed safety Ronnie Harrison on injured reserve on Tuesday.

Harrison suffered a shoulder injury on the first play of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars when he tackled running back James Robinson. While everyone held out hope that he would be OK, the Browns signaled that something was up on Monday when they claimed safety Tedric Thomas off of waivers.

Putting Harrison on injured reserve ensures that he will miss a minimum of three games, which means he could back for the December 27 game against the New York Jets. But ESPN’s Jake Trotter is reporting that the injury could knock Harrison out for up to six weeks, which if true means his season is done.

It has been an up-and-down first season in Cleveland for Harrison. The Browns rescued him from Jacksonville in a trade on September 3, but it took him a few weeks before he could work his way into the starting lineup.

Harrison made his first start of the season in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts, a game highlighted by his 47-yard interception return of a Philip Rivers’ pass for a touchdown. He missed the game the following week against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a concussion.

The injury to Harrison continues a disturbing trend for Cleveland’s secondary this season. The Browns have played the entire season without second-year cornerback Greedy Williams, who is dealing with a nerve issue in his shoulder, and rookie safety Grant Delpit, who suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in training camp. In addition, cornerback Denzel Ward is currently dealing with a calf injury that will keep him out of his second consecutive game this Sunday when the Browns face the Tennessee Titans.

If Harrison is indeed done for the season, he will finish the year with six starts, 31 tackles, six passes defensed and the one interception.

In happier news, the Browns announced the defensive end Myles Garrett has been activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list and is expected to return to practice on Wednesday.

Garrett has missed the past two games after being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list on November 20.