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Browns waive CB Robert Jackson

Jackson was pressed into action late in the season due to COVID-19 hitting Cleveland’s secondary.

Pittsburgh Steelers v Cleveland Browns Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns waived cornerback Robert Jackson on Thursday.

The move was reported by Andrew Gribble, the senior staff writer for the team’s website.

Jackson opened the season on Cleveland’s roster and played on special teams the first two games before being placed on the practice squad. He retired to the active roster in October, and saw a limited amount of playing time until the final weekend of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

That week, with the Browns needing a win to make the playoffs, Jackson was pressed into the lineup after cornerbacks Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson were both placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. While Ward returned to the lineup the following week for the Wild Card playoff game, Jackson was still called on and he played 85 percent of the defensive snaps in the Browns win over the Steelers.

It wasn’t always pretty, but Jackson ended up playing 92 percent of the defensive snaps in the two games against the Steelers, totaling 12 tackles and breaking up one pass.

He injured his hamstring during the Wild Card game and landed on the injured reserve list, missing the season-ending playoff loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jackson finished the season with a grade of 54.2 from Pro Football Focus, having played 149 defensive snaps over the course of three games.