CLEVELAND (NWN) — The Cleveland Browns may be getting some extra help at linebackers for their playoff push.
Jacob Phillips, who suffered a biceps injury during training camp, was named to return from injured reserve on Monday as Cleveland returned from a bye week devoted to recovering and recharging for the past five games .
A third-round pick in 2020, Phillips suffered an injury during the first of two joint exercises with the New York Giants on August 19. He was placed on the IR on 21 September.
The roster move opens up three weeks for Phillips to be active, but coach Kevin Stefansky indicated that Phillips could be ready soon.
“Really excited to have Jacob back in uniform and practice,” Stefansky said on a Zoom call. “They are far away when you first get injured and you are spending time in that training room. But to see him outside, I know it is a great reflection of just how hard he has worked.”
Stefanski said Brown (6-6) would decide over the next few days whether Phillips was ready to play. Cleveland hosts the Baltimore Ravens (8-4) on Sunday which, for all practical purposes, should win if the Browns are to make the postseason.
Phillips was expected to play the lead role this season. The former LSU standout made three starts as a rookie and was credited with 24 tackles.
Linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. said Phillips continued to pitch despite being sidelined.
“True professional. You talk about someone who, ever since he got out, has come with the mindset that I’m going to help the team in any way I can, plus get my rehab And trying to come back as soon as possible to help the team,” Walker said. help. He has been with us every step of the way.
“So definitely excited to have him back and definitely a boost to our linebacker room.”
In other injury updates, Stefanski said fast wide receiver Anthony Schwartz remains in concussion protocol. He has been out since an injury in New England on November 14.
Stefanski didn’t have any specific updates about tight end Harrison Bryant, who suffered a high ankle sprain on November 28 and could be headed to IR.
In addition, All-Pro Right Tackle Jack Conklin had knee surgery for a torn right patellar tendon. Conklin was placed on IR last week and is facing a lengthy rehab.
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