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Browns Lose Jakeem Grant for Season

Jakeem Grant Kick Return
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 17: Chicago Bears wide receiver Jakeem Grant Sr. (17) returns the football during a game between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears on October 17, 2021, at Soldier field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire)

The Cleveland Browns have lost wide receiver and two-time all-pro returner Jakeem Grant for the season after he suffered a torn left Achilles during training camp on Tuesday. The injury was confirmed by Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot who said an MRI was completed, revealing the extent of the injury.

Grant was signed by the Browns to a one-year deal in the off-season, primarily to improve the team’s poor return game. He had impressed his coaches through camp thus far and developed good chemistry he and Special Teams Coordinator Mike Priefer.

“I have wanted to get Jakeem here the past couple of years,” Priefer recently told ClevelandBrowns.com. “I think that he is going to transform our return game.”

The injury leaves the Browns’ return game unclear. While second-year player Demetric Felton has experience fielding returns, the Browns may look elsewhere to fill the void. JoJo Natson remains a free agent and is an option to return. The team may also benefit from cuts around the league as rosters are trimmed leading up to the regular season.

Grant’s injury is the latest in a series of injuries at the wide receiver position. Rookie David Bell recently returned to training camp after missing significant time with a foot injury. Second-year receiver Anthony Schwartz has also missed time nursing a knee injury.

Many have speculated that the Browns will keep a close eye on cuts around the league as they look to sure up what has become a thin group.

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Written by Ryan Crowley

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