Browns TE David Njoku placed on injured reserve, no surgery needed
The Cleveland Browns will place tight end David Njoku on injured reserve due to a broken wrist, the team announced. He will not require surgery. In a corresponding move, the team claimed former Oakland Raiders safety Juston Burris off waivers.
Njoku left in the first quarter of Cleveland’s Monday night Week 2 game against the Jets in New York. He suffered both the wrist injury and a concussion on an awkward fall and was ruled out for the rest of the game.
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens believes the rest of the tight end room is “good enough to play.” Via Scott Patsko of Cleveland.com:
“We have (TE) Pharaoh Brown, (TE) Demetrius (Harris) and we have (TE) Ricky (Seals-Jones). They are on the team for a reason. We feel like they are good enough to play. There will not be any excuses in that room. They will go out and compete, and we are going to play at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday. We will be ready to play.”
While the Browns are confident in their depth, it undoubtedly hurts to lose their starting tight end in Njoku. The third-year former Miami Hurricane was continued to come into his own as an athletic pass-catcher for the Browns. In 2018, Njoku tallied 56 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns. To start off 2018, he has four receptions for 37 yards and a touchdown to his name.
Luckily, placing Njoku on injured reserve doesn’t mean he’s out for the season. In-season, a team can place a player on injured reserve and bring him back after eight weeks.