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Browns promote Robert Jackson to active roster

Cornerback saw some action with the Browns last season as a special teams player.

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The Cleveland Browns added cornerback Robert Jackson to the active roster on Saturday as the club prepares for the season-opening game against the Baltimore Ravens.

It is not a surprising move given that the Browns will be without cornerbacks Greedy Williams, who has a shoulder injury, and Kevin Johnson, who is still recovering from a lacerated liver, for Sunday’s game.

Jackson is in his second season with the Browns. Originally an undrafted free agent out of UNLV in 2018 who was signed by the Indianapolis Colts, Jackson joined Cleveland’s practice squad in 2018.

He saw his first game action last season when the Browns moved him to the active roster in Week 3. In six games with the Browns, Jackson had three tackles on special teams.

Cleveland does not have to make a corresponding roster move to add Jackson to the roster given the new rules put in place this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teams are permitted to protect up to four practice squad players each week, and are allowed to promote one or two practice squad players to the game day roster each week as long as they do it prior to 4 p.m. on the day before a game.

If a player is promoted, they return to the team’s practice squad after the game.