Browns cryptic over Barton's year-ending injury

BY foxsports • November 10, 2009

Browns linebacker Eric Barton will miss the rest of the season with an unspecified injury.

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In announcing on Tuesday that Barton was being placed on injured reserve, the Browns did not reveal his injury or a timetable for their leading tackler's recovery.

Barton is Cleveland's second inside linebacker to be sidelined with a season-ending injury. D'Qwell Jackson underwent shoulder surgery last month.

Barton, one of 10 former New York Jets brought to Cleveland by coach Eric Mangini, started all eight games for Cleveland. He was injured in the first half of a Nov. 1 loss at Chicago.

Mangini would not comment during the team's bye week about reports that Barton had a bulging disc in his neck and may need surgery.