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Buyer beware: Browns discover torn ACL in receiver they signed from Packers

Oct 16, 2013 -- 4:38pm

By Tony Grossi |



The wide receiver the Browns signed off the Green Bay Packers practice squad Saturday has a torn ACL and will need surgery, a club spokesman confirmed.

The Browns discovered the injury when receiver Charles Johnson arrived and was given a physical, per standard operating procedure.

League rules don’t allow the transaction to be voided, however.

Any player signed off another team’s practice squad must spend three games on the team’s roster. Last Sunday’s game qualified as the first. That means the Browns will have a 52-player roster until after the Kansas City game on Oct. 27. Johnson was placed on reserve/non-football injury.

Johnson, 6-2 and 215 pounds, was a seventh-round draft pick of Green Bay’s from Grand Valley (MI) State. On Monday, coach Rob Chudzinski said the Browns evaluated Johnson prior to the draft and liked him. When they sought a player to fill the roster after quarterback Brian Hoyer was put on injured reserve, the Browns considered Johnson the best option, Chudzinski said.

The spokesman said it is the Browns’ intention to keep Johnson and bring him to camp next season.


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