BEREA, Ohio-- The Browns received another blow to their defense.
Second-year outside linebacker Nate Orchard was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury. To take his place, the Browns have signed linebacker Cam Johnson to their active roster from Arizona’s practice squad.
In addition, linebacker Corey Lemonier has been added to the injury report as doubtful for personal reasons. Lemonier had a big strip-sack fumble, which he recovered, near the end of regulation last week on Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill that gave the Browns a chance to win the game in regulation. However kicker Cody Parkey missed the field goal attempt and the game went to overtime with Miami winning.
Johnson (6-4, 268) is in his third NFL season out of Virginia. Last season, he appeared in one game for the Browns and spent 13 weeks on the club’s practice squad. Originally selected by San Francisco in the seventh round in 2012, Johnson has appeared in 16 career games with the 49ers (two in 2012), Colts (13 from 2013-14) and Browns (one in 2015). He spent training camp with the Browns this year and was waived during final roster cuts. He will wear No. 57.
Orchard, a second round pick in 2015, injured his ankle last week at Miami. He registered four tackles in three games this season.
Under the new injured reserve rules for the 2016 season, each team can designate one player to return. Designation does not need to be made until that player is able to return to practice. A player placed on injured reserve is eligible to return to practice in six weeks and must miss a minimum of eight games.