Browns announce Hughes placed on IR-designated to return

Browns announce Hughes placed on IR-designated to return

Published Oct. 27, 2014 7:14 p.m. ET

The knee injury suffered by Cleveland Browns defensive tackle John Hughes will not require surgery, and on Monday the Browns placed Hughes on injured reserve designated for return, keeping Hughes eligible to return at the end of the season. 

Hughes was carted off the field late in Sunday's win over the Oakland Raiders, and further examination Monday showed an MCL injury. His designation to return means the Browns could have him back for the season finale and potentially any postseason action; Hughes will be eligible to return to practice in Week 15.

The Browns got Ahtyba Rubin back Sunday after a two-game injury absence and should be getting closer to getting Phil Taylor and Billy Winn back. The Browns play twice in the next 10 days, Sunday vs. Tampa Bay and Nov. 6 in Cincinnati. 

Replacing Hughes on the roster is blocking tight end Ryan Taylor, who was claimed via waivers from the Baltimore Ravens. It's possible the Browns will play at least one game without starting tight end Jordan Cameron, who suffered a concussion in the Raiders game. 


Taylor (6'3, 254) was with the Ravens for two weeks after being claimed via waivers from the Green Bay Packers, for whom he played in 50 games over four seasons.

The Browns also released A.J. Pataiali'i from the practice squad.