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Browns lose JoJo Natson to ACL injury

Kick returner done for the season after suffering injury in Sunday’s win against Washington.

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The injury bug hit the Cleveland Browns again as kick returner JoJo Natson will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL during Sunday’s win against Washington.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski announced the injury during his Monday news conference:

Natson was in his first season with the Browns after signing as a free agent this past offseason. He was somewhat busy on Sunday as he had one rush for three yards, returned a punt for 11 yards and a kickoff for 31 yards.

Natson spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, where he averaged a 22.2 yards per kickoff return and 7.7 yards per punt return in 2019. In three seasons in the league, he has proven to be a reliable - if not overly dynamic - returner, albeit in somewhat limited duty as he has just 61 career punt returns and 35 career kickoff returns.

The injury may open the door for rookie wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones to take over the return duties after being inactive for the first three games of the season.