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Jackie Grant’s first season Cleveland Browns He was placed on injured reserve after abruptly ending Wednesday with a torn Achilles keeping him out for the year.
Grant, signed by A A three-year contract worth up to $13.8 million In March, he was carted off the field during Tuesday’s training camp session after being injured in a one-on-one drill with cornerback AJ Green.
“I’m really bummed for Jakeem,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said before Wednesday’s announcement. “We have seen how hard the youngster has worked since coming into our team.
“We all realize that injuries are a part of our game, but it can’t be easy to accept – especially for someone who works as hard and carries himself as Jakeem does.”
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The two-time second-team All-Pro previously suffered an Achilles tear in 2018 in his third season with the Miami Dolphins. The Browns said he will undergo surgery soon.
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Grant made the Pro Bowl last season with the Chicago Bears. The 5-foot-6 speedster averaged 13.9 yards on punt returns and 23.4 yards returning kickoffs. He played the previous five seasons with the Dolphins.
Grant joined the Browns as a wide receiver and return specialist but said the goal this year is to focus on being a target.
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“I always preach that I’m a receiver before I return,” Grant said. “I’m going to continue to preach that message. I’m going to continue to work on it until I get a chance to have that breakout season.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.