The Browns announced today that veteran CB Daylon McCutcheon will be placed on the team's injured reserve list, effectively sidelining him for the entire 2006 season.
McCutcheon has been sidelined since the beginning of August, when team surgeon Dr. Anthony Miniaci operated on cartiledge on his right knee. The arthroscopic surgery appeared to go well, and McCutcheon has been rehabbing his knee ever since.
Browns GM Phil Savage offered up the bad news via a press release this afternoon: "Although he has been progressing in his rehab, his knee was not responding sufficiently so as to allow him to play in the foreseeable future."
The loss of McCutcheon extends a bad situation in the Browns defensive secondary, where nickel back Ralph Brown has been seen as a liability since being inserted into the line-up during pre-season. Leigh Bodden has claimed McCutcheon's starting spot in the meantime, but fellow starter Gary Baxter has been slowed by a strained pectoral muscle.
Despite the emergence of Bodden as one of the team's top defensive players, the team's secondary has continued to struggle, as the Cincinnati Bengals exposed during last Sunday's game. The Bengals repeatedly picked on Brown and took advantage of the team's linebackers early in the contest.
NT Babatunde Oshinowo takes McCutcheon's spot on the active roster. Despite being 302 pounds, Oshinowo is small for a nose tackle, and is considered a project. With the loss of Nick Eason during the Browns first game against New Orleans, however, the team finds itself needing extra help on the defensive line. Oshinowo had been stashed on the Browns practice squad.
Oshinowo's promotion left a spot available on the Browns' practice squad, which was filled with the return of promising WR Kendrick Mosley. Mosley was cut last week as the Browns made room available on the practice squad for DL Jovan Haye.