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Browns place TE David Njoku on injured reserve with knee injury

New this year, players on IR only have to miss three weeks.

NFL: SEP 13 Browns at Ravens
My depth perception from this photograph is so confused.
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On Monday, the Cleveland Browns announced that they have placed TE David Njoku on injured reserve with a knee injury.

There have been so many roster rule changes this offseason, that I don’t know how I missed this one related to injured reserve, which the Browns made sure they clarified in the announcement:

New this season, a player going on injured reserve is allowed to return after missing only three games, and teams may return an unlimited number of players from injured reserve throughout the year.

At this point, it’s unclear the severity of Njoku’s injury, but it’s good to know that Cleveland (and NFL teams in general) will have that roster flexibility. It makes me wonder about other players, like LB Mack Wilson and CB Kevin Johnson, and the window in which they’ll be able to return. In other words, you would think that Wilson and Johnson are projected to return soon, otherwise they would be on IR too.

Njoku was one of the Browns’ best players in Week 1, but Cleveland still has solid receiving depth at tight end in Austin Hooper and Harrison Bryant, with Stephen Carlson behind them.