The Cleveland Browns announced Tuesday they will place wide receiver Jarvis Landry on injured reserve with a sprained MCL.
It means the five-time Pro Bowler will miss a minimum of three games.
Landry, 28, suffered the knee injury on the second offensive play of Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.
On the play, Landry made a reception for a 9-yard gain, but did not play another snap.
For the second consecutive season, NFL teams can return an unlimited number of players from injured reserve after three games.
On Tuesday, the Browns signed defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo from the practice squad to take Landry’s roster spot.
The Browns signed Odenigbo to their practice squad at the start of September.
We have placed WR Jarvis Landry on Injured Reserve & signed DE Ifeadi Odenigbo from the practice squad.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 21, 2021
“Every Time I put this brace on somebody gon have to pay for it in the near future,” Landry tweeted.
We waitin slimeballl! Keep that pain on ya… we gon hold it down 😈
— Odell Beckham Jr (@obj) September 20, 2021
On Monday, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski told media members that Landry is considered “week to week.”
“I have already spoken to him. He is attacking his rehab as you can imagine,” Stefanski said. “Nobody likes to be injured, but it’s kind of going back to the statement I just made about (left tackle Jedrick Wills Jr.), these guys are going to fight their rear ends off to get back and battle and compete with their teammates. I think Jarvis will be another example of that.”
Stefanski compared Landry to a coach and said the receiver provides the organization great leadership.
The return of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is not dependent on the availability of any other player, according to Stefanski.
Stefanski said Beckham’s health status is “day to day,” meaning he could play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.
Beckham has not played in a game for the Browns since tearing his ACL against the Cincinnati Bengals on Oct. 25, 2020.
Donovan Peoples-Jones, Rashard Higgins, rookie Anthony Schwartz and rookie Demetric Felton round out the Browns’ receiving corps.
In the 2021 season, Landry has six receptions on six targets for 80 yards, and two rushes for 13 yards and a touchdown.
After Sunday’s 31-21 win over the Texans, quarterback Baker Mayfield mentioned how the Browns preach the “next man up” mentality.
“We’ve been trying to tell (Felton) that he needs to be studying Jarvis’ stuff quite a bit just cause when they get the ball in their hands, good things happen,” Mayfield said. “Obviously, that showed (Sunday).
“You never want to lose a player in the caliber of Jarvis but even more so the leadership that he brings. When things aren’t going well, the stuff that he can say to all the guys and (he is) just another voice who we have to lean on.”
Landry has missed one regular-season game in his eight-year NFL career.
In the 2020 season, Landry missed a game after he was a high-risk close contact with former Browns linebacker B.J. Goodson, who tested positive for COVID-19.
In games Landry has played, he had a streak of 111 games in a row with at least two receptions, which was the fourth-longest streak in NFL history.
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