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Browns place Joel Bitonio on injured reserve

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 11: Guard Joel Bitonio #75 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates after kicker Travis Coons #6 of the Cleveland Browns kicked an overtime field goal to defeat the Baltimore Ravens 33-30 during a game at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Earlier this week, the Browns announced that left guard Joel Bitonio would miss an extended period of time with a mid-foot injury.

They provided more clarity on just how extended that period would be on Friday. The Browns have placed Bitonio on injured reserve, which means he will miss at least the next eight weeks and potentially the rest of the season.

Bitonio ended last season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury so it is two straight years that the Browns will have to spend time without their 2014 second-round pick. Bitonio has started all 31 games he’s played for the Browns and he’ll be missed on a line that’s helped the Browns rank fifth in the league in rushing to this point in the season.

Center Cameron Erving is expected back in the lineup this week, which will allow the Browns to move John Greco back to right guard. Alvin Bailey had been in that spot and could switch to the left side or the Browns could take a look at the recently acquired Jonathan Cooper.

The Browns signed fullback Dan Vitale to the 53-man roster with Bitonio heading to I.R. Vitale was a seventh-round pick of the Buccaneers this year and spent a day with the Bills after failing to make Tampa’s initial 53-man roster.

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3 Responses to “Browns place Joel Bitonio on injured reserve”
  1. thetooloftools says: Oct 14, 2016 12:14 PM

    Check please !

  2. richk412 says: Oct 14, 2016 12:15 PM

    Too bad the Browns can’t sign a brick wall to place in front of the quarterback since the line can’t pass block for crap.

  3. root4cleveland says: Oct 14, 2016 12:30 PM

    Three years ago the Browns had (3) pro-bowl linemen (LT, LG, C), paired with a journeyman RG and a stable RT (Schwartz).

    On paper, that’s a good line, yet their rushing game ranked 17th at the end of the year.

    Since then the O-line has been “decimated” with only the LT (Thomas; GOAT) and LG (Bitonio) remaining. Replacing the stalwarts: Erving (at Center) has been a major disappointment. RG Greco is a servicable journeyman. I can’t even name the right tackle who started the year.

    Yet we rank 5th in rushing so far this year.

    It’s time to stop this “Offensive Linemen above all else except QB” mentality, so prevalent among old fans of the game. The game has changed. Look at the top offenses last year. How many had pro-bowl linemen? How many had more than one?

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