The Browns reached injury settlements with defensive tackle Scott Paxson and undrafted rookie cornerback Antwuan Reed and released them from injured reserve.
Paxson tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee Aug. 10 during the Browns’ preseason opener against the Detroit Lions, said a league source who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed the nature of the injury.
Paxson’s knee does not require surgery, but the typical recovery time for his injury 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, however, 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.
Last season, Paxson, 29, played in all 16 games for the Browns. He had 21 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Reed left practice Aug. 20 after hurting his left leg. The Browns waived/injured him 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.
The NFL lifted the exemption for Browns strongside linebacker Scott Fujita on Tuesday, meaning he’s back on the team’s 53-man roster. The Browns did not need to cut anyone, because cornerback Joe Haden’s four-game suspension created a spot for Fujita.
The Browns received a roster exemption from the league Friday after Fujita’s three-game suspension for his alleged role in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal was overturned by a three-member appeals panel.
Fujita, though, did not play Sunday in the Browns’ 17-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and remained on the exempt list until Tuesday.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Fujita, who is coming back from an injured left knee, will practice this week. The Browns were off Tuesday and will resume practice today.
The NFL announced Haden’s suspension for violating its policy on performance-enhancing substances Monday.
Haden is no longer on the active roster as a result.
The Browns also signed offensive lineman D.J. Young to the practice squad and released former Ohio State offensive lineman Jeff Shugarts from the practice squad. Young spent the first 16 weeks of the 2011 season on the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad before being promoted to the active roster for the final game.
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