Browns place WR Massaquoi on IR

The Cleveland Browns have placed wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi

on injured reserve and elevated quarterback Thad Lewis from the

practice squad to the active roster.

Massaquoi started five games this season, possibly his last with

Cleveland. His contract expires in March and the former

second-round pick (No. 50 overall in 2009) may not be part of the

team’s future plans. He finished with 17 catches for 245 yards this

season. He’s made 118 catches for 1,736 yards and seven touchdowns

with Cleveland.

Massaquoi did not play Sunday in Denver because of a knee


Although Browns coach Pat Shurmur has not ruled out starting

rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden from this week’s game in

Pittsburgh with a right shoulder sprain, the club promoted Lewis,

who could be Colt McCoy’s backup if Weeden sits for the finale.

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