The Browns announced on Tuesday that rookie cornerback Cameron Mitchell and left lineman Jedrick Wills Jr. had been placed on injured reserve.
After being taken off the field on Sunday, there were fears that Wills’ injury may terminate the season. However, the Browns were given some positive news, as Wills will only be sidelined for around six weeks due to a high-grade MCL sprain, a low-grade PCL sprain, and bone bruising.
Mitchell is hurt in his hamstrings. A minimum of four games must be missed by players on injured reserve.
After signing off the practice squad, wide receiver James Proche II and tackle Geron Christian will now be included on the 53-man roster. Proche, who has returned six punts for 55 yards, is anticipated to assume the starting role as the team’s returner against the Cardinals on Sunday.A sixth-round pick by Baltimore in 2020, Proche appeared in 43 games for the Ravens.
Christian was a third-round pick by Washington in 2018 and has played for the Commanders, Texans and Chiefs. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman was signed to the Browns’ practice squad on Halloween.
The Browns are now without their two starting tackles. Right tackle Jack Conklin suffered a season-ending injury in the Browns’ opening-week win over Cincinnati. Rookie Dawand Jones has replaced Conklin and played well. The Browns could consider moving Jones to left tackle or simply replace Wills with James Hudson III, their swing tackle.