The Cleveland Browns added cornerback A.J. Green to the active roster on Saturday as the club prepares for Sunday’s home game against Washington.
The move comes as the Browns continue to deal with injuries in the secondary. Cornerback Greedy Williams will miss his third consecutive game with a shoulder injury, while cornerback Denzel Ward will be a game-time decision as he is dealing with a groin injury.
Green is an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State. The Browns made headlines when they signed Green as they gave him a reported $145,000 guaranteed contract.
The 6-foot-2 and 198-pound Green may have had an opportunity to make the active roster out of training camp, but he was one of those players who was hurt by the lack of a proper preseason slate of games.
Green has some technique issues that might take some time to work out, as The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs pointed out prior to the draft:
Green struggles with tackling and his lack of length is a consistent sore spot for his play. A physical presence, Green can effectively reroute receivers — if he gets framed evenly on the play. Green is too over-reactive and unbalanced at the LOS and needs to reel himself in so that he’s better able to dictate reps. A three-year starter, there’s some significant muscle memory habits to break moving forward.
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 55-player game day roster each week.
If a player is promoted, they return to the team’s practice squad after the game.
The Browns and Washington kickoff Sunday at 1:05 p.m. from FirstEnergy Stadium.