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Browns place Chris Hubbard, M.J. Stewart and Andy Janovich on IR

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10/13/2021 2:50:45 PM
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The Browns placed three players on injured reserve and signed two from the practice squad, Dan Labbe of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Offensive lineman Chris Hubbard (triceps), cornerback M.J. Stewart (hamstring) and fullback Andy Janovich (hamstring) have been placed on IR. Fullback Johnny Stanton IV and defensive end Joe Jackson have been elevated from the practice squad.

Hubbard, a valuable backup on the line, will undergo surgery to repair his triceps injury and his season is over. Signed in 2018 to play right tackle, Hubbard transitioned to an extra lineman after the Browns signed Jack Conklin prior to the 2020 season and has played both guard and tackle over the last two seasons.

Stewart is a key special teams player and can play both cornerback and safety. He also can play the nickel position.

Janovich has played sparingly over the last three weeks, but he helped navigate Kareem Hunt into the end zone for a touchdown during Sunday’s loss to the Chargers. The Browns acquired Janovich in a trade in 2020. Head coach Kevin Stefanski likes having a fullback on his roster, but has trended more towards the use of 13 personnel -- one running back and three tight ends -- in his heavier sets.

Stanton, a converted quarterback, has been with the Browns the last two seasons and has appeared in one game.

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