The Browns have elevated undrafted rookie wide receiver Josh Cooper from their practice squad to their 53-man roster, the team announced today.
They also placed wide receiver Jordan Norwood on injured reserve and designated him for return. Norwood, who’s on crutches and has his left foot in a walking boot, will be eligible to practice in six weeks and allowed to return to the active roster in eight weeks. He suffered the injury this week.
Cooper’s promotion was expected because the Browns’ receiving corps is short-handed. In addition to Norwood going on IR, starting wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday, when the Browns (0-5) will host the Cincinnati Bengals (3-2).
“I feel really prepared,” Cooper said. “I've been working with offense a little bit and I understand the game plan, so it would be great to go out and play.”
Cooper will serve primarily as a slot receiver, a role Norwood filled for the Browns in the past two games. Cooper also will reunite in live action with his former Oklahoma State teammate, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden.
“He usually knows where I'm going to be, and I know where he's going to put the ball,” Cooper said. “So, yeah, he depends on me, and I'll be in the right spot for him. We developed that in college, and he just knows when I'm going to come out of a route and where I'll be.”
As expected, the Browns also lifted their roster exemption for cornerback Joe Haden, meaning he’s officially back on the 53-man roster after serving a four-game suspension. The Browns waived third-string quarterback Thaddeus Lewis on Thursday to make room for Haden.
Coach Pat Shurmur said today the organization hopes to bring Lewis back. Lewis is eligible for the practice squad.