Fujita Sidelined For Rest of The Season

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The Browns placed linebacker Scott Fujita on injured reserve on Wednesday with a neck injury.

The longtime linebacker missed last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. He won’t play the rest of the season.

Last week, word spread that the neck injury could be career threatening. On Wednesday, coach Pat Shurmur was asked if he pushed Fujita into considering retirement. “I think retirement decisions, those are personal, whether it’s coaches, players. I think those are discussions you have with your loved ones, about is it time? For a player at times, that decision is made for you. If you’re no longer on a roster and you don’t get picked up, eventually it kind of sets in. I think we all want to be in control of our own situations,” said Shurmur.

The young head coach was asked what Fujita has meant to him and the team.

“He’s been here longer than I have, so I had just gotten to know him really last season, and then through this offseason. He’s a veteran player that’s done a lot of things in this league. He’s one of those guys around here that kind of knew what was going on. He’s pretty calm about doing his job. The kind of the things you see from a guy that’s played in the league for a while.”

Also on Wednesday, Trent Richardson practiced and hopes to play on Sunday, while second year defensive lineman Phil Taylor was able to suit up, as he recovers from his pectoral muscle injury.

Jason Pinkston, who was hospitalized with a blood clot in his lung, visited his teammates after being released from the Cleveland Clinic.

Pinkston was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week and faces 6 months of procedures to determine if he is fully recovered from the blood clot.

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