The Cleveland Browns made a series of roster moves on Monday, the most notable being the placement of cornerback Joe Haden on injured reserve. Haden had missed the past five games with a concussion, the second he suffered this year, and has appeared in just five games this season. He’s totaled 22 tackles, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery, while giving up four touchdowns on the season and pulling down zero interceptions.
Haden, via an official Browns press release said that, “This has been an extremely difficult season for me personally. It’s upsetting that my year has ended this way. I really want to be out there with my teammates trying to help finish this season strong and on a positive note. We’ve all learned how important it is to be very thorough with concussions and I appreciate the care the Browns have provided for me. Although, I haven’t been able to clear protocol the specialist I have met with have told me they expect a full recovery. I’m looking forward that, returning to form, having a good offseason and an even better 2016 season.”
The Browns also claimed offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson via waivers from the Baltimore Ravens and signed receiver Rannell Hall off of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad. Hall is a rookie from Central Florida and was an undrafted free agent signing of the Buccaneers’, where he spent eight weeks on the practice squad. He had 45 career collegiate receptions in 49 games, for 2,051 yards and five touchdowns. He also had 246 rushing yards and two scores as well as 2,083 kick return yards.
Johnson, also a rookie, played his college ball at Rutgers. He spent 11 weeks on Baltimore’s practice squad, was then elevated to the team’s active roster before being waived on December 12. The Browns also released another offensive lineman, Gabe Ikard, whom the team claimed off of waivers last week. Ikard was inactive for Sunday’s contest against the San Francisco 49ers.