Cleveland Browns place RB Dion Lewis on injured reserve

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

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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