BEREA — Nose tackle Ted Washington was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, ending his season and possibly his career.
Former Steelers cornerback Ricardo Colclough was claimed off waivers to take the roster spot.
Washington, 39, signed a two-year deal with the Browns in 2006 and started all 16 games. He lost his starting job to Ethan Kelley this year and was inactive two of the past three games, a move coach Romeo Crennel said was strictly due to the game plan.
Washington showed up on the injury report Wednesday with a knee injury, despite not playing Sunday vs. the Rams. The roster moves were made after practice.
“Ted has been working through some knee issues that finally have caught up to him,” Crennel said in a statement. “We appreciate his effort to this point and know he will continue to help us any way he can going forward.”
Washington (6-5, 375 pounds) appeared in five games this season, including one start, and totaled nine tackles. He is a 17-year veteran with 236 games.
Colclough (5-11, 195) was a second-round pick of the Steelers, 38th overall, in 2004. He played in three games this year with one special teams tackle and was waived Tuesday. He’s appeared in 36 games with 33 tackles, 2½ sacks, an interception and seven passes defensed.
He attended Tusculum College in Tennessee, a NCAA Division II school.
No action Jackson
Inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (ankle) didn’t practice Wednesday and wasn’t in the locker room during the interview period. Crennel said the team couldn’t get an accurate evaluation of his status until he returns to practice, and the timetable’s unknown.
Jackson leads the Browns with 60 tackles. If he can’t go, veteran Andra Davis would slide to the weak side and Leon Williams would start on the strong side. The bigger change would be in the nickel package, with Davis filling Jackson’s role next to Williams.Chaun Thompson, who has been playing on the outside, has been told to prepare to play inside and outside linebacker this week.
Ready to run
Running back Jamal Lewis was full-go at practice and is preparing for a big week.
“I’m feeling good and healthy,” he said.
Lewis missed all but one play of two games with a foot strain before returning Sunday vs. the Rams. He carried 17 times for
61 yards, while backups Jason Wright (four carries) and Jerome Harrison (five) spelled him.
“They did want to give me rest, didn’t want me to put too much on my foot, because they didn’t know how my injury was,” Lewis said of the coaches. “As long as other guys can keep things going, I don’t mind. But this week I’ll get more of the load.”
Fullback Lawrence Vickers didn’t practice Wednesday after experiencing symptoms of a concussion. Vickers said he didn’t feel well when he woke up Monday, so he went to team headquarters and told the trainers.
He said he was better Wednesday and expected to play Sunday.
• Special teamer Kris Griffin (Achilles’ strain) didn’t practice.
Receiver Joe Jurevicius’ father, William, was injured in a serious car accident Monday morning in an eastern suburb, but is expected to be OK. Jurevicius joined practice a few minutes late Wednesday.
• Center Hank Fraley said he shaved his facial hair because he went as Chris Farley, the late comedian, for Halloween.
• Reserve defensive back Kenny Wright was back at practice. He missed the game Sunday for personal reasons.
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