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Browns TE David Njoku placed on IR with knee injury

Browns TE David Njoku will miss three weeks with a sprained MCL.

Tight end David Njoku #85 of the Cleveland Browns on the sideline in the first quarter of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 29, 2019 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati won 33-23. Photo by: 2019 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images via Getty Images

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku had a strong start to the 2020 season, but unfortunately suffered a knee injury that has put him on IR for at least the next three weeks, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer. The good news is that the new IR rules allow players to come back in three weeks and ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the injury is a sprained MCL that should keep him out around three weeks.

Njoku was actually last in snaps of the Browns three tight end, as he had 17 to Hunter Bryant’s 31 and Austin Hooper’s 56, but he outperformed the group. He caught all three of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown while Hooper and Bryant had two targets each, with little production.

Njoku’s injury should help Hooper see more targets moving forward while Bryant will remain the backup. Njoku could still have value in the second half of the season, but for now he’s of no use to us in fantasy.