As expected, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita will be placed on injured reserve, ending his 2012 season. Fujita has been dealing with a neck injury that some believe is serious enough to force him into retirement.
At the very least, this likely signals the end of Fujita’s time with the Browns; after signing with the team in 2010, he has only appeared in 23 of 39 games due to various injuries. But at the same time, he has been a veteran presence for a young defense and a linebacker position that always seems to be in flux.
“It’s tough, man,” said D’Qwell Jackson, who started at linebacker alongside Fujita. “Just having him around the building, his personality and the guy that he is, it’s a loss for all of us.” (Source: Fox News)
Of course, Fujita has also been dealing with his role in the continued investigation into the bounty program that took place while he was with the New Orleans Saints. Most of his time this season has been spent trying to clear his name which, in the public eye at least, he has appeared to accomplish.
With the loss of Fujita, rookie linebacker James-Michael Johnson will be getting plenty of playing time. The Browns will also be making a corresponding roster move.