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Receiver Charles Johnson had been practicing with torn ACL


So how did the Browns end up signing a guy with a torn ACL from the Packers’ practice squad?

The guy in question, receiver Charles Johnson, had a torn ACL that no one knew about.

When a player is signed from another team’s practice squad, a physical isn’t given before the player joins the team.  It’s presumed that, if the player is practicing with another team, he’s healthy.

As surmised by Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Johnson may have torn the ACL on the second day of training camp.  The injury was deemed to be a tear of the IT band; Johnson later said he sprained his MCL.

There’s a chance Johnson will revert back to the Packers’ practice squad, given that the injury happened before the Browns signed him.

While the story of the Browns signing a guy with a torn ACL to replace a guy with a torn ACL seemed at first blush like the latest product of the Factory of Sadness, the Browns didn’t do anything that any other team wouldn’t have done.  Somehow, Johnson and the Packers didn’t know he had a torn ACL, which means that the Browns ended up plucking from the practice squad a player who, unbeknownst to anyone, was damaged goods.

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21 Responses to “Receiver Charles Johnson had been practicing with torn ACL”
  1. muskyhunter2542 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:30 AM

    Of course he has a torn ACL, he was A Packer. Everone wearing the green and gold right now is banged up.

  2. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Oct 17, 2013 9:37 AM

    And on the same week they play the Packers…. Hmmmm..

  3. purpleguy says: Oct 17, 2013 9:39 AM

    Wait a second, even the Packer’s practice squad guys are injured?

  4. primenumber19 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:45 AM

    Wait, isn’t the issue that the packers misdiagnosed a player’s serious injury, cut him and then signed him for much cheaper to the practice squad and had him keep playing? This is something the nflpa should look into, and the player should get the full balance of his rookie contract as a result of the packers negligence.

  5. folkcrusader says: Oct 17, 2013 9:46 AM

    Not a real compliment to the training staff in Green Bay.

  6. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 17, 2013 9:52 AM

    Someone should check to see if this guy hung around Rodgers and Braun.

  7. godofwine330 says: Oct 17, 2013 9:57 AM

    I know it sounds odd, but I think the browns should keep him. I was looking forward to seeing how good this kid was. At 6’2 215, 16TDs and 1200 yds on 72 catches his senior year and 4.4 speed? Too bad. I can’t wait to see him next year. Buh-bye Greg Little. Maybe we should move Little to running back. It is true, we can’t catch a break, though. If stocking for next year is the plan then we should have him, a new (competent) QB, a competent back-up early season starter in Hoyer, another 1st round pick (hopefully a O-Lineman), Gordon at one receiver, Bess at slot, two #3′s and 2 #4′s.

    Can’t wait to be Weeden-less. Only he could be sacked by the flag before his career even started.

  8. wipackman1265 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:04 AM

    I’ve said a long time. Pack needs new medical and traing staffs

  9. rodgersrodgersheisking says: Oct 17, 2013 10:16 AM

    Not every tear is the same. Some can go undiagnosed and just feel like the normal stiffness and soreness related to football. Practice squad guys are also less likely to complain about minor stiffness as they want to make the team and being an injury risk is likely to lessen that chance. Anyone thinking the Packers have been criminally negligent is an idiot, quite frankly.

  10. FinFan68 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:22 AM

    Just take it back to the store, get your refund and then shop somewhere else

  11. beedubyatoo says: Oct 17, 2013 10:26 AM

    I’ve been walking around for over 50 years with a completely torn ACL, as determined by an MRI little over a year ago. It happened during college football in 1961 and hasn’t bothered me much over the years.

    Of course, I’m not an NFL caliber player either.

  12. pats777 says: Oct 17, 2013 10:36 AM

    Jets did the same thing signing Greg Salas off the Eagles practice squad. He missed his first Jets practice with a knee injury. Bizarre.

  13. raiderufan says: Oct 17, 2013 10:41 AM

    One thing is for sure….Charles Johnson is one tough dude.

  14. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 17, 2013 10:54 AM

    I’ve been doing push-ups on torn triceps for 55 years.

  15. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 17, 2013 11:47 AM

    It’s just a flesh wound.

  16. woodyg says: Oct 17, 2013 1:26 PM

    Easy to see why GB has had a crippled team for years. Eventually the ineptness of the medical staff will be exposed. For now, just cover it up a little more and no one will notice.

  17. GenXJay says: Oct 17, 2013 2:19 PM

    lemon law

  18. axespray says: Oct 17, 2013 3:59 PM

    He looked good in the preseason… on a torn ACL?
    Dude… he carried the team on his back doe!

  19. deltaoracle says: Oct 17, 2013 4:05 PM

    Bulaga wanted to play with a torn ACL too. Tough team in GB.

  20. kwjsb says: Oct 17, 2013 4:54 PM


  21. vikescry1 says: Oct 17, 2013 5:32 PM

    i just visited greenbay this fall, i pulled a hammy and tore my acl. who knew???

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