Browns Place CB Greedy Williams On IR

 Greedy Williams continues to have injury troubles in his relatively brief NFL career. Per a team announcement, the Browns have placed him on injured reserve, meaning he will miss at least the first four games of the season. 

Williams has been dealing with a hamstring injury, the latest in a long line of ailments which have defined his career. The 2019 second-rounder (whose availability concerns coming out of college hurt his draft stock) played in 12 games as a rookie, but a shoulder injury ultimately cost him the entire 2020 campaign.

Williams bounced back last season, suiting up for 16 contests (with eight starts). He made 41 tackles, adding a pair of interceptions and 10 pass deflections despite seeing a reduced workload. The LSU alum was expected to once again take on a starting role in 2022 as part of Cleveland’s top CB trio alongside Denzel Ward and Greg Newsome

Instead, the Browns will now turn to third-round rookie Martin Emerson as a first-teamer. The Mississippi State product was the Browns’ top pick in April, but only recorded one interception in his three years in college. Expectations will be tempered for him, but Ward and Newsome have proven themselves to be high-end contributors in the secondary.

Williams, meanwhile, will play (at best) another shortened schedule as he enters a contract year. His level of play last season in terms of not only ball production but coverage statistics showcased his talent and draft pedigree, but any lengthy absence would certainly hinder his free agent market.

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