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Browns discover new WR Charles Johnson has torn ACL during introductory physical

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 16, 2013

New Browns wide receiver Charles Johnson has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee that the team discovered during his introductory physical, a team spokesman said today.

Johnson will be placed on the non-football injury list and undergo surgery. The Browns signed him off the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad Saturday to fill quarterback Brian Hoyer’s roster spot. Hoyer was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn ACL in his right knee. Johnson was practicing with the Packers before joining the Browns.

Johnson will occupy a spot on the Browns’ 53-man roster until after they play the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 27. Per NFL rules, a team must count a player signed off a practice squad as part of its 53-man roster for at least three games.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Johnson, a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft, compiled 128 receptions for 2,229 yards and 31 touchdowns in two seasons at Division II Grand Valley State.

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