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Browns place RB Brandon Jackson on IR, cut nine more players to form 53-man roster

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 3, 2011
Cleveland Browns running back Brandon Jackson carries the ball in the first quarter against the Detroit Lions in a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

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.

Here are the players whom the Browns waived this morning: offensive lineman Branndon Braxton, defensive lineman Andre Caroll, wide receiver L.J. Castile, offensive lineman Calton Ford, cornerback Coye Francies, tight end Evan Frosch, safety Carl Gettis, linebacker Eric Gordon, defensive tackle Travis Ivey, wide receiver Chris Matthews, linebacker Steve Octavien, defensive tackle Ko Quaye, cornerback Ramzee Robinson, safety DeAngelo Smith, linebacker Sidney Tarver and offensive lineman Phil Trautwein. The Browns also terminated the contract of wide receiver Demetrius Williams.

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.


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