Hold off on the eulogies for Browns wide receiver Joe Jurevicius. At least for now.
In spite of a report by ESPN that the Browns had placed the receiver on injured reserve, the organization claims that nothing has changed as far as Jurevicius' status with the team.
"Joe's status is still the same: Reserve - PUP," Browns vice president of communications, Bill Bonsiewicz, said in an e-mail to The Orange & Brown Report this afternoon.
However, it could all just be a matter of semantics as a Browns source tells The OBR that "it's only a matter of time before he gets put on IR." Barring a medical miracle, the move to injured reserve will happen at some point before next Tuesday, the source added.
The veteran receiver had been attempting to return from a staph infection he contracted after undergoing what was thought to be routine off-season knee surgery.
The Lake Catholic graduate signed with the Browns in March of 2006, and was an integral part of one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL last season. In two years with the Browns, the 11-year veteran caught 90 passes for a little over 1,100 yards and five touchdowns.
On third downs, especially last season, Jurevicius became quarterback Derek Anderson's safety blanket; without him this season, Anderson is off to a rocky and uneven start.
Jurevicius has one year remaining on his contract, and a source close to the receiver tells The OBR that no decision has been made on whether or not he will attempt to return in 2009 if he's unable to make it back this year.
"He's been making progress (in his rehab), but just not enough where it looks like there's much of a chance he'd be able to contribute at all (this season)," the source said. "He'll take his time and talk it out and figure out what he wants to do in the future. He's not the kind of person who would want (his career) to end like this (on injured reserve), so we'll see."
When contacted by The OBR, an additional Browns source was non-committal when it came to the question of Jurevicius returning to Cleveland next season.
"Once he gets healthy, if he gets healthy, we'll cross that bridge," the source said.