The Browns placed nickel cornerback Chris Owens on season-ending injured reserve and promoted cornerback Julian Posey from the practice squad to the active roster, the team announced today.
Owens suffered a knee injury Sunday with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter of a 32-28 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was hurt while tackling running back Maurice Jones-Drew during the Jaguars’ game-winning touchdown drive.
Owens, who signed a one-year deal with the Browns in March after spending the previous four seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, appeared in 12 games and made three starts this season. He tallied 54 tackles, including 2.5 sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He added seven special-teams tackles.
With Owens sidelined, rookie cornerback Leon McFadden is expected to receive the most extensive playing time of his young NFL career. A third-round pick in this year’s draft from San Diego State University, McFadden is the leading candidate to fill Owens’ role as the nickel corner. In other words, when the Browns deploy three cornerbacks, McFadden will likely join starters Joe Haden and Buster Skrine on the field. McFadden had been used sparingly until Sunday, when he played 31-of-74 defensive snaps.
Posey is a first-year NFL player from Ohio University who has appeared in one game with the Browns this season. He has spent most of this season on the Browns’ practice squad after spending training camp with the Miami Dolphins.
Last season, Posey appeared in two games with the Dolphins and spent 11 weeks on their practice squad. Originally signed as an undrafted free agent, Posey spent 15 weeks on the New York Jets’ practice squad in 2011.
Posey’s younger brother, DeVier, is a wide receiver for the Houston Texans and a former Ohio State University standout.