Usually when you sign a player you want to make sure that player doesn't have a torn ACL before you sign them. The Cleveland Browns didn't do that and now they'll have to play the next two weeks with only 52 players on their 53-man roster. How did the Browns end up signing a player with a torn ACL? It all started on Oct. 12 when the team placed quarterback Brian Hoyer on injured reserve. Hoyer was lost for the season when he tore his ACL in Cleveland's Week 5 win over Buffalo. With Hoyer on injured reserve the Browns signed wide receiver Charles Johnson from the Packers practice squad to fill Hoyer's spot on the active-roster. That happened on Saturday. On Wednesday during Johnson's introductory physical the Browns discovered that he had a torn ACL according to the Akron Beacon Journal. The easy thing to do would be to ship Johnson back to Green Bay but it's never that easy with the Browns. Since Cleveland signed Johnson from the Packers practice squad the Browns are now stuck with him for at least two more weeks. Per NFL rules a player that's signed off another team's practice squad has to be apart of the new team's 53-man roster for at least three games.
Browns sign player with torn ACL to replace player with torn ACL
CBS Sports | Oct 16