On Monday, Browns coach Pat Shurmur said that linebacker Scott Fujita will miss significant time after suffering a broken hand on Sunday against the Bengals.
With only five games left and with the Browns for all practical purposes out of the playoff picture, that pointed to Fujita landing on injured reserve.
And that’s precisely what has happened.
The team has placed the veteran defender on injured reserve, along with defensive lineman Emmanuel Stephens, who suffered a pectoral injury on Sunday.
The Browns signed free agent long snapper Christian Yount, and the Browns promoted linebacker Benjamin Jacobs and defensive lineman Brian Sanford to the active roster from the team’s practice squad.
The Browns also cut long snapped Ryan Pontbriand, who misfired on a snap preceding a potential game winning field goal try from 55 yards against the Bengals, and who had another bad snap in a 13-12 loss to the Rams.
The release of Pontbriand could also incur the wrath of the guy who recently yelled at the stadium after a loss to the Texans. When doing so, he was wearing an authentic Pontbriand jersey, perhaps the only one ever made for anyone other than Pontbriand.