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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Browns Injury Update: Miles Austin placed on IR

By on 12/04/2014 08:39:00 PM

While All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon will start his third game since returning from a ten game suspension, the Cleveland Browns will be without the services of Miles Austin for the rest of the season.  The Browns placed Austin on the injured reserve list on Wednesday.

Browns coach Mike Pettine confirmed the injury: "Miles sustained a kidney injury in Buffalo and remains in the hospital.  Our thoughts are with him and we wish him a speedy recovery."

Austin, who spent his first seven NFL season with the Cowboys, spent the last few years dealing with hamstring injuries.  After a breakout season in 2009 with over 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns, Austin followed with 1,041 yards and seven touchdowns in 2010.  Since the 2010 season however, Austin has missed 11 games with hamstring injuries and has been unable to produce another 1,000 yard season.

The Browns signed Austin in May, in part as an insurance policy for the pending suspension to Gordon.  He hauled in 47 catches for 568 yards and two touchdowns for Cleveland this year.

In Austin's absence, the Browns will lean more heavily on the more than capable Andrew Hawkins.  Prior to Josh Gordon returning to action two weeks ago, Hawkins led the Browns receiving corps with 45 catches for 601 yards.  While his targets and receptions have predictably declined with Gordon's return, the Browns know they can count on Hawkins to help make up for Austin's absence.  Rookie Taylor Gabriel could also see an increase in snaps.

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