The Browns have made a flurry of roster moves in response to the injuries suffered by the team during Sunday's game with the Cowboys.
As expected, the Browns moved starting defensive end Courtney Brown to the injured reserve due to the ligament tear in his left foot. Although the prognosis for Brown's recovery is good, it will take at least six months for the torn ligament to heal.
To replace him, the Browns have re-signed defensive end Tyrone Rogers, who was with the team from 1999 through last season. The defensive end was a free agent at the end of 2003 and was not re-signed by the Browns. Rogers will go directly to the active roster.
While Kellen Winslow is not on the IR, indicating that the Browns have some hope that he will return this season, the team has signed Chad Mustard to fortify the roster at tight end. Mustard was with the Browns in 2002 and 2003, including a stint in NFL Europe in 2002. He was released in the final cut-downs in September along with TE Darnell Sanders. The Browns now have three injured tight ends: Kellen Winslow, Steve Heiden, and Keith Heinrich, who is on the PUP list for the next month at least.
To make room on the roster, the Browns released RB Dee Brown. Brown was the team's primary kick returner through last weekend's game, where a bobbled kick led to a desperate offensive series with the team's back to the goal line.
It is possible to infer two things from the release of Browns. One is that RB Lee Suggs is inching closer to a return, reducing the need to carry four backs on the roster. The other is that the team hasn't found what they consider to be fair trading value for James Jackson, who will remain the third running back until the end of the season.