The Cleveland Browns have moved safety Jordan Poyer to IR. He’ll be replaced on the active roster by safety Ed Reynolds, who was on the practice squad.
Poyer was taken to the hospital during the game, after being blindsided by Titans’ RB Antonio Andrews. The violent hit drew a personal foul flag, and it was at first suspected that Poyer had a concussion.
Instead, the medical staff found that he had a lacerated kidney. He had to stay in the hospital for treatment, and he’s now lost for the rest of the year. Head coach Hue Jackson said:
”He took a major hit. Obviously that’s going to take some time for him to heal from. I think obviously a kidney is a serious thing. I hope we can (get him back), but if we don’t I do understand that too because that’s something that’s very serious.”
That comment from Jackson was before the move to IR, so his hopes that Poyer will return are now dashed. However, despite the flag on the hit, Jackson didn’t seem to think it crossed any lines. He said:
”It’s football. You have an assignment. You have a guy to block and the guy’s clearly in your sights and you see him. I don’t think the player was intentionally trying to hurt him. I think he was trying to do his job, which was block him, and he did. He blocked him. He might’ve led with his head a little bit, but that’s what he got flagged for. That’s part of this game.”