Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Dion Lewis (28) is carted off the field after being injured in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns place RB Dion Lewis on injured reserve


The Cleveland Browns are shutting down running back Dion Lewis, according to ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi.

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise. He fractured his left fibula in Browns second preseason game. With a Tueday afternoon deadline to trim rosters down to 75 men a decision was expected on his status. Best case scenario would be Lewis coming back in 8-10 weeks. That would make him available for at least 6-8 of the final regular season games.

If the Browns thought Lewis could return, or wanted to hold onto hope that he would, they could’ve used their short-term injured reserve spot on him. Instead they’ve shut him down for the season.

The 2014 season is his final year of his deal and he is slated to earn $645,000 next season. In the meantime, Chris Ogbonnaya and Brandon Jackson will take Lewis’ place behind starting running back Trent Richardson.

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