BEREA, OH — The Browns officially placed safety Terrance Mitchell on the injured reserve, Tuesday, after the 26-year-old broke his wrist in Cleveland’s 45-42, overtime loss to the Raiders. The team filled Mitchell’s vacant roster spot with CB Jeremiah McKinnon, who spent the first four weeks of the season on the practice squad.
McKinnon is in his third season in the NFL out of Florida International. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys in 2016 but spent the first two years of his career bouncing around as a 90-man roster and practice squad signee. Despite spending brief stints with the Titans, the Cowboys a second time, the Redskins and the New York Giants, this actually marks the first time McKinnon will be part of a team’s 53-man roster. The 25-year-old was on the Browns roster bubble after a standout performance during the preseason but ultimately wound up being cut and added to the practice squad.
As for Mitchell, his loss is a big one for the Browns defense. In four games since signing with the Browns as a free-agent this past offseason, he established himself as an anchor in the secondary. Mitchell’s placement on the IR doesn’t necessarily mean his season is over though. The NFL allows every team to designate two players that can return from injured reserve each season. Using that designation requires a player to miss up to six weeks before returning to the practice and they must sit out a minimum of eight games.
Initially, the fear was that Mitchell’s 2018 campaign was in fact over. On Monday, however, head coach Hue Jackson said he didn’t believe Mitchell’s broken arm was season-ending. Jackson also confirmed that Mitchell already had surgery on the wrist. Through the first four week of the season, Mitchell notched three pass breakups, snagged an interception and forced two fumbles.