The Browns have placed running back Brandon Jackson on injured reserve and cut nine players in addition to the 17 they released earlier today. Those moves have allowed the team to form its initial 53-man roster.
Here are the nine players whom the Browns waived tonight: offensive linemen Dominic Alford and Jarrod Shaw, quarterback Jarrett Brown, fullback Tyler Clutts, linebackers Brian Smith and Archie Donald, running back Quinn Porter, defensive lineman Brian Sanford and wide receiver Rod Windsor.
Regardless of the cuts, the official word that Jackson is out for the season with a toe injury qualifies as the most significant development for the Browns. In late July, the Browns signed Jackson, who was an unrestricted free agent, to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million. They wanted Jackson, who's pictured to the right, to serve as a backup to Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty, and they valued his prowess as a receiver out of the backfield.
Jackson suffered what coach Pat Shurmur originally described as “turf toe” on Aug. 19 in the Browns’ second exhibition game of the year against the Detroit Lions and has been sidelined since. Jackson’s demise was foreshadowed more than a week ago when Shurmur revealed the former was wearing a cast.
Undrafted rookie running back Armond Smith benefited from Jackson’s injury and made it through Saturday unscathed despite struggling with fumbling problems during the preseason.