The Browns have reached injury settlements with defensive tackle Scott Paxson and undrafted rookie cornerback Antwuan Reed and released them from injured reserve.
Paxson tore the MCL in his right knee Aug. 10 during the Browns’ preseason opener against the Detroit Lions, a league source said today. The injury does not require surgery, but the typical recovery time is about six to eight weeks.
Paxson was waived/injured Sept. 1. He cleared waivers and was put on IR the next day.
Paxson’s settlement was done within five days of his placement on IR, so he will be eligible to return to the Browns six weeks after the length of the settlement.
The Browns might not be interested in re-signing Paxson if starting defensive tackle Phil Taylor (torn pectoral muscle) can return from the physically unable to perform list or if rookies Billy Winn, John Hughes and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen give them what they need. Either way, Paxson would be available to rejoin the team for approximately the final third of the season.
Paxson, 29, played in all 16 games last season for the Browns. He compiled 21 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Last season in Week 14, Paxson dived into Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s legs as defensive tackle Brian Schaefering, another former Browns backup, wrapped up Roethlisberger around the waist. Roethlisberger suffered a high left ankle sprain as a result of the takedown and was hobbled the rest of the season and during the playoffs.
Reed left practice Aug. 20 after hurting his left leg. The Browns waived/injured Reed on Aug. 27. He cleared waivers and was placed on IR the next day. Reed, 22, is not eligible to return to the Browns this year.