Browns lose Pro Bowl returner for season to Achilles harm

Jakeem Grant Sr.’s first season with the Cleveland Browns modified immediately. Now, it is over.

The speedy vast receiver and return specialist went down with what seemed to be a left Achilles harm on Tuesday, a tricky private blow and one other setback for Cleveland’s return recreation which he was going to assist flip round.

On Wednesday, follow-up exams confirmed that the 29-year-old had torn his Achilles, in response to ESPN. He was positioned on injured reserve and can miss the whole 2022 season.

“I really feel awful for Jakeem,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski stated Tuesday earlier than the outcomes of the follow-up exams had been identified. “We’ve witnessed how hard the young man has worked since he got to our team. We all realize injuries are a part of our game, but that doesn’t make it any easier to accept especially for someone that works as hard and carries himself like Jakeem.”

Grant was carted off the sector after getting damage whereas battling cornerback A.J. Inexperienced throughout a one-on-one passing drill. Grant didn’t land awkwardly, nevertheless it shortly turned apparent he was badly damage.

Grant pounded his hand into the grass and writhed in ache on the bottom as two trainers got here to help him. He was then positioned on a cart and pushed into the staff’s facility as follow continued.

Grant made the Pro Bowl final season with the Chicago Bears. The 5-foot-6 speedster averaged 13.9 yards on punt returns and 23.4 yards returning kickoffs. He performed the earlier 5 seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

The Browns signed him to a three-year contract value as much as $13.8 million in March.

Cleveland’s return recreation didn’t produce a lot final season and Grant was considered as a serious improve to the unit. He going to return punts and kickoffs.

The following choices for returners are working again D’Ernest Johnson and vast receivers Anthony Schwartz, Demetric Felton and Donovan Peoples-Jones.

On Sunday, Grant stated he wished to be often known as greater than an elite returner.

“Absolutely. I always preach that I’m a receiver first before a returner,” he stated. “I’m going to continue to preach that message. I’m going to continue to work on that until I get that opportunity to have that breakout season.”

Grant’s harm is the most recent in what has been a tricky camp for the Browns’ vast receivers.

Rookie David Bell (foot), Schwartz (knee) and Javon Wims (sickness) all missed per week of follow. Rookie Michael Woods II (hamstring) stays out whereas Isaiah Weston (knee) was positioned on injured reserve.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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