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Browns designate linebacker Anthony Walker to return from injured reserve

Linebacker Elijah Lee returns to practice squad
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Posted at 12:53 PM, Oct 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-06 12:53:53-04

BEREA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns are getting one of their strongest leaders back on the field as they designated linebacker Anthony Walker to return from the Reserve/Injured List on Wednesday.

Walker was placed on the injured list on Sept. 17 with a hamstring injury, sidelining him at least three games per NFL IR rules. In the season opener, Walker lead the team with nine tackles against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The upcoming game against the Chargers was the soonest Walker could return.

Despite missing the last three games, Walker has remained a leader for the defense, observing practice, remaining vocal with his teammates and studying the playbook hard every day.

“Anthony is wonderful. He's a son of a coach, and he thinks about football and people, and he cares about each and every person being their best. He helps with that on and off of the field. I can’t say enough about him, and he's great not only with the linebackers but with our entire football team," said linebackers coach Jason Tarver last week. "I'm proud of him and impressed because sometimes when you get hurt, it's hard to be the same person every day because you get a little down and you can’t play. Not Anthony. He's awesome."

Getting Walker on the field should provide a boost to the defense as they get their signal caller back.

In addition to designating Walker for return, the Browns also re-signed linebacker Elijah Lee to the practice squad after cutting him the day before.

Lee has appeared in 54 games throughout his career, recording 71 tackles, two forced fumbles a fumble recovery and a sack while also being an impactful player on special teams with 14 stops.

Camryn Justice is a digital content producer at News 5 Cleveland. Follow her on Twitter @camijustice.

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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 · Sun 10/31 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/7 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/14 · 1:00 PM EST at New England Patriots (CBS)

WEEK 11 · Sun 11/21 · 1:00 PM EST Detroit Lions (FOX)

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)