As injuries continue to pile up in Cleveland, the Browns will now play the rest of the season without a key defensive lineman. The Browns focused on defense Maurycy Hurst in injured reserve, according to Aaron Wilson of KPRC2 in Houston.

The veteran defensive lineman will miss the rest of the season with a pectoral injury. In Sunday's win over the Jaguars, Hurst played in just 28 percent of his team's defensive snaps, a season low.

“My 2023 season is over and the frustration is unbearable.” Grove he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “However, I am grateful to my teammates, coaches, staff and the city of Cleveland for welcoming me and making me part of this family…. I will come back better than before.”

Hurst caught up with Cleveland this past offseason and played in 13 games, playing on about 40 percent of his team's defense. He has 22 tackles, 1.5 sacks and five QBs, and more importantly, he's the 11th-best inside linebacker among 131 eligible players, according to Pro Football Focus. The site also gave him a top-10 positional grade for his run-stopping ability.

Hurst spent three seasons with the Raiders to start his career, collecting eight sacks in 40 games. He appeared in two games with the 49ers in 2021, and after re-signing with the organization, a torn bicep kept him sidelined for the entire 2022 campaign.

With Hurst out of the lineup, the Browns could simply hand out his weekly snaps to other TDs on the roster. Dalvin Tomlinson this season, he led the position group in snaps (491), but Jordan Elliott (309), Shelby Harris (306) and Hurst (304) rotated in and out of the lineup.

The Browns also announced they have placed an offensive lineman Dawanda Jones infrared. The right-back suffered a knee injury in training last week and will require season-ending surgery.



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