The Browns placed backup right defensive end Emmanuel Stephens on injured reserve, the team announced Tuesday night.
Stephens is out for the season with a neck injury he suffered Sunday during the first quarter of the Browns’ 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Stephens played in all eight games this season and compiled nine tackles. He helped seal the Browns’ first win of the season, a 34-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, on Oct. 14 when he strip-sacked quarterback Andy Dalton and rookie defensive tackle Billy Winn recovered the fumble with 2:27 left in the fourth quarter.
“It was really good to see Emmanuel get that play,” defensive coordinator Dick Jauron said while reflecting on Stephens’ lone sack of the season. “I have a lot of admiration for his work ethic. [He’s] a really good teammate who fits in that group well.”
Stephens, 25, started three of the 11 games in which he appeared last season before being placed on injured reserve Nov. 29 with a season-ending pectoral muscle injury. The Browns claimed him off waivers Sept. 4, 2011, after he spent the previous season on the practice squad of the Atlanta Falcons.
Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson has been nominated for two awards after his performance Sunday in the 7-6 win over the San Diego Chargers.
After rushing for a career-high 122 yards on 24 carries (5.1 average) and the game’s lone touchdown, Richardson is one of three finalists for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week award and one of five finalists for the Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Week award.
Fans can vote at NFL.com/FedEx and NFL.com/rookies until 3 p.m. Friday to determine the winners.
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