The Cleveland Browns made a bold move to upgrade their wide receiver corps by using a second-round draft pick on Josh Gordon, who said Thursday night that the team would not regret it.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed receiver Mike Sims-Walker on injured reserve and were awarded receiver Brian Robiskie off waivers from Cleveland.
Sims-Walker, signed two weeks ago after being cut by St. Louis, injured a knee in Sunday’s game at Houston.
Robiskie, a second-round draft pick in 2009, has 39 career receptions for 441 yards and three touchdowns. He caught three passes for 25 yards in six games this season. The Browns waived him Tuesday.
Robiskie had 29 receptions for 310 yards and three touchdowns while starting 11 of 14 games in 2010.
Picking up castoffs Sims-Walker and Robiskie shows how desperate the Jaguars (2-6) are to try to upgrade a receiving group that has dropped balls, struggled to get open and provided little help for rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
CLEVELAND — Wide receiver Brian Robiskie has been sent on his final down-and-out by the Browns.
A former second-round draft pick, Robiskie was waived Tuesday by Cleveland to make room for free agent running back Thomas Clayton, who played in two games for them last season and has been brought back because of injuries to Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty.
The Browns selected Robiskie with the No. 36 overall pick in 2009 out of Ohio State. A former ballboy for the Browns when his father, Terry, was a Cleveland assistant and later the team’s interim head coach, Robiskie caught seven passes as a rookie. Last year, he made 11 starts and finished with 29 catches for 310 yards and three touchdowns.
However, the 24-year-old’s role was reduced this season and he has steadily slipped down first-year coach Pat Shurmur’s depth chart.
With Hillis and Hardesty injured, the Browns were in dire need of a running back and signed Clayton, a player with whom they have some background. On Tuesday, the Browns had running backs in for workouts at their training facility in Berea before settling on and signing Clayton, who was active in two games for Cleveland in 2010.
Hardesty is expected to miss games after tearing a calf muscle during Sunday’s 20-10 loss in San Francisco. Hillis remains slowed by a hamstring injury that has kept him out of Cleveland’s past two games. On Monday, Shurmur said Hardesty would be sidelined for an indefinite period. Hillis’ status for this week’s game at Houston is uncertain.
Clayton was with Seattle during the preseason before he was released. He will join Chris Ogbonnaya in Cleveland’s backfield until Hardesty or Hillis gets healthy. Ogbonnaya has only been with the team since Oct. 18, when he was signed off the Texans’ practice squad.
The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Clayton was signed to the Browns’ practice squad last September. He bounced back and forth between Cleveland and New England. He played in the Patriots’ season finale.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — Packers cornerback Charles Woodson is not playing in Green Bay’s preseason opener against the Browns.
Woodson has recovered from a broken collarbone sustained in the Super Bowl, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy has elected to rest the 14-year-veteran. Pat Lee started in Woodson’s spot at left corner.
Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is also out with a leg injury.
The Browns were without starting safety Usama Young and linebacker Chris Gocong. Both sustained injuries in practice this week.
Also, wide receiver Carlton Mitchell is out after surgery Friday on an undisclosed finger. Mitchell, listed behind Brian Robiskie on the depth chart, was expected to get significant playing time because wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi is still sidelined with a bone injury in his left leg.
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