Likely needing all the help they can get this weekend, the Browns have made two big announcements to their detriment heading into their week 3 game against the Baltimore Ravens by placing linebacker D’Qwell Jackson on Injured Reserve and downgrading both wide receiver Shaun Rogers and wide receiver Brian Robiskie to “out.”
The Jackson news is especially concerning as the player was thought to have been making a comeback this week, practicing and telling the media that, “Game shape was not a problem.”
“I’ve been making sure I’ve been keeping my conditioning up,” said Jackson on Wednesday. “Like anything else, once those bullets are flying on Sunday, it’s a different type of test. Today, I’m going to go out here and try to work on everything I can, taking on a block, pass rush and try to work everything that I would to try and simulate a real game. Today will definitely be a good test for me to see if my body holds up so I can move forward to tomorrow.”
Head coach Eric Mangini would follow Jackson’s thoughts later in the week, speaking favorably about the player’s progress.
“I like where we’re heading and I think that the plan we have in place is good but each day we have to take a step back, see how he is and that dictates the plan for the next day,” said Mangini.
Jackson missed 10 games last season with a pectoral injury and missed all of the team’s voluntary activities in 2010 with a contract dispute. Signing his one-year tender, Jackson participated in training camp until he injured his other pectoral, ultimately ending his season without a game played.
Robiskie (hamstring) and Rogers (ankle, hip) were downgraded to “out,” eliminating a possibility of the two players participating in Sunday’s game. Compounding matters, wide receiver Joshua Cribbs has been downgraded to “questionable,” with an ankle injury, giving him a 50/50 chance to play. It was thought that Cribbs would be an integral part of the Browns offense this week as the team has felt that they have underutilized the playmaking talent to this point in the season.
With Jackson’s roster spot now open, the Browns signed wide receiver Sam Aiken, the former Buffalo Bill fourth-round selection who was recently released by the New England Patriots.
(John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)