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Browns activate LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, CB M.J. Stewart from Injured Reserve

Team makes additional roster moves
Browns Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah Football
Posted at 12:14 PM, Nov 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-13 15:02:34-05

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns have activated linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah from the Injured/Reserve list.

Owusu-Koramoah sustained a high ankle sprain in his right ankle near the end of the Week 6 matchup with the Arizona Cardinals.

Head coach Kevin Stefanski called the injury "significant" at the time and said that Owusu-Koramoah would miss "weeks," with the team placing him on IR on Oct. 19. Owusu-Koramoah was designated for return earlier this week.

Before Owusu-Koramoah sustained the high ankle sprain against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, he was among the Browns' leading tacklers, posting 29 tackles and a tackle for a loss. He also notched four pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a half-sack in the opening half of the season.

With the team activating him Saturday, Owusu-Koramoah will be added to the injury report for Sunday's game as questionable with an ankle injury.

Cornerback M.J. Stewart was also activated from IR Saturday. Stewart was placed on the IR on Oct. 12 with a hamstring injury. Before being sidelined with injury, Stewart played in five games as a reserve this season, notching seven tackles. He had been designated for return on Nov. 5.

Teams are once again allowed to return an unlimited number of players from IR this season when before they would have been limited to two players per year.

As far as other roster moves, earlier this week Stefanski said that running back Kareem Hunt isn't quite ready and will not be designated for return this week. Hunt was placed on IR at the same time as Owusu-Koramoah with a non-contact calf injury.

Additionally, the Browns are elevating running back Brian Hill from the practice squad as a standard elevation. Hill was signed to the practice squad Tuesday after Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton tested positive for COVID-19,

Hill's elevation is part of a rule allowing a team to carry up to 55 players on the roster during a given week before the transaction deadline ahead of a game, giving the team a larger pool to choose from when selecting their 47 or 48 gameday active players. Following the game, the players elevated to the active roster for that purpose will revert back to the practice squad the day after the game.

Wide receiver JoJo Natson, fullback Johnny Stanton and cornerback Herb Miller are being called up from the practice squad as COVID-19 elevations.

The team also waived defensive tackle Andrew Billings. The Browns signed Billings in March 2020, but he opted out of the seaon due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This season, Billings was not able to find his place on the D-Line, only playing in six games with no starts and recording a tackle assist as his only stat.

The Browns are set to take on the New England Patriots Sunday at 1 p.m.

RELATED: Browns designate LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah for return from injured reserve

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BROWNS 2021 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · W · Sat 8/14 · 7:00 PM at Jacksonville Jaguars (23-13)
WEEK 2 · W · Sun 8/22 · 1:00 PM vs. New York Giants (17-13)
WEEK 3 · W · Sun 8/29 · 8:00 PM at Atlanta Falcons (19-10)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · L ·Sun 9/12 · 4:25 PM EST at Kansas City Chiefs (33-29)

WEEK 2 · W · Thu 9/19 · 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans (31-21)

WEEK 3 · W · Sun 9/26 · 1:00 PM EST Chicago Bears (26-6)

WEEK 4 · W · Sun 10/3 · 1:00 PM EST at Minnesota Vikings (14-7)

WEEK 5 · L· Sun 10/10 · 4:05 PM EST at Los Angeles Chargers (47-42)

WEEK 6 · L· Sun 10/17 · 4:05 PM EST Arizona Cardinals (37-14)

WEEK 7 · W · Thu 10/21 · 8:20 PM EST Denver Broncos (17-14)

WEEK 8 · L · Sun 10/31 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (15-10)

WEEK 9 · W · Sun 11/7 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (41-16)

WEEK 10 · L · Sun 11/14 · 1:00 PM EST at New England Patriots (45-7)

WEEK 11 · W · Sun 11/21 · 1:00 PM EST Detroit Lions (13-10)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/28 · 8:20 PM EST at Baltimore Ravens (NBC)

WEEK 13 · BYE

WEEK 14 · Mon 12/12 · 1:00 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 15 · Dec. 18/19 · TBD Las Vegas Raiders (TBD)

WEEK 16 · Sat 12/25 · 4:30 PM at Green Bay Packers (FOX/NFLN/AMZ)

WEEK 17 · Mon 1/3 · 8:15 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN)

WEEK 18 · Sun 1/9 · 1:00 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)