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Browns Place Safety Jordan Poyer on Injured Reserve


CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns safety Jordan Poyer has been placed on injured reserve after sustaining a lacerated kidney in Sunday's loss.



Poyer has been hospitalized in Nashville, Tennessee, since getting hurt. He was injured on a vicious blindside hit by Titans running back Antonio Andrews while covering a punt in the second quarter. The Browns expect him to be discharged on Tuesday and return to Cleveland.


Poyer's serious injury is the latest for the Browns, who have placed 12 players — including quarterback Robert Griffin III — on IR this season. The team can bring one player off IR after eight games.


Starting left guard Joel Bitonio underwent foot surgery on Monday. The Browns expect Bitonio, who got hurt in the Oct. 9 game against New England, to make a full recovery and be ready for the 2017 season.


The team also signed defensive back Ed Reynolds to the active roster from the practice squad.



3 Turnovers in Row Help Browns Cede Lead Again, Drop to 0-4


LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — His Cleveland Browns already were ahead late in the third quarter Sunday, and closing in on a score to pad that lead, when coach Hue Jackson called for a handoff to fullback Malcolm Johnson , a second-year player who had never run the ball in the NFL.



So what happened? Well, these are the Browns, so you probably could guess: Johnson fumbled, the Washington Redskins recovered at their 9, and then drove 91 yards to a go-ahead TD.


On Cleveland's next possession, Duke Johnson fumbled , also in Redskins territory. And while he stood up holding the ball, it was ruled that the Redskins grabbed that one, too.


And, yes, on Cleveland's next turn with the ball, rookie quarterback Cody Kessler — playing because of injuries to former Redskins QB Robert Griffin the Third and Josh McCown — underthrew Terrelle Pryor for an interception, which led to another touchdown for Washington.


Three consecutive second-half turnovers Sunday helped the Browns do themselves in yet again, losing 31-20 to the Redskins to drop to 0-4 in Jackson's first season in charge.



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