The Cleveland Browns are shutting down running back Dion Lewis, according to ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi.
#Browns shut down RB Dion Lewis. On IR all year with broken leg.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) August 26, 2013
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.