Days after a career effort in Sunday's loss to the Giants, Cleveland Browns receiver Jordan Norwood was spotted with crutches and a walking boot for his right foot on Thursday by Tom Withers of The Associated Press.
The second-year receiver tallied a career high with 81 yards in Week 5, and he also managed to haul in every one of his team-high nine targets from quarterback Brandon Weeden in the loss. At a time when injuries were already plaguing Cleveland's receiving corps, Norwood's emergence on Sunday was supposed to be a big step forward for head coach Pat Shumur's inexperienced offense.
With Norwood now unlikely to practice on Friday, Withers astutely points out that the Browns may be on the verge of adding receiver Josh Cooper to their active roster for a Week 6 showdown with the Bengals. An undrafted rookie who played with Weeden at Oklahoma State, Cooper gained a strong following in camp but ultimately landed on Cleveland's practice squad. While fellow receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin continue to nurse hamstring injuries, Sunday's game against Cincinnati could mark the 23-year-old Cooper's NFL debut.
#Browns WR Jordan Norwood was in locker on crutches with walking boot on right foot. Look for WR Josh Cooper to be brought up for #Bengals.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) October 11, 2012