The Cleveland Browns assigned wide receiver Jordan Norwood as their designated-for-return player on injured reserve Friday.
Norwood sustained a sprained foot in Sunday's 41-27 loss to the New York Giants, a game in which the 26-year-old recorded career bests of nine catches and 81 receiving yards. After being inactive for the season's first three weeks, he also registered four catches totaling 56 yards in a loss at Baltimore on Sept. 27.
Under the designated-for-return rules, Norwood will be eligible to resume practicing in six weeks and can be reinstated to the active list in eight weeks.
To fill the available roster spot, the Browns signed undrafted rookie receiver Josh Cooper from the practice squad.
Norwood was pressed into action due to hamstring injuries to wideouts Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin, neither of whom are expected to participate in Sunday's game against Cincinnati. Massaquoi will sit out a third consecutive week after being ruled out on Friday, while Benjamin is listed as doubtful and did not take part in last week's matchup against the Giants.
Middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, who exited last week's contest with a concussion, participated fully in Friday's practice and is probable to face the Bengals. Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (calf) missed a third straight practice, however, and is deemed questionable.
The Browns also officially activated cornerback Joe Haden from the reserve/suspended list on Friday. The 2010 first-round pick just completed serving a four-game penalty for testing positive for a banned substance.