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Charles Johnson has ACL tear, out for Cleveland Browns

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The Cleveland Browns had to be at least a little surprised when they grabbed Charles Johnson off the Green Bay Packers' practice squad.


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The rookie wide receiver hit town with a torn ACL, a setback the Browns discovered during his introductory physical on Wednesday, a team spokesman told the Akron Beacon Journal.

The Browns plan to place Johnson on the non-football injury list while he rehabs from surgery. He'll count against the 53-man roster until Oct. 27, per league rules.

Johnson is a project player who played his college ball at Division II Grand Valley State. So why keep him around?

Because Johnson possesses freakish size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) and speed (he runs a 4.38 in the 40-yard dash), with a 39.5-inch vertical jump. We doubt he came armed with deep trade secrets from the Packers -- Cleveland's opponent this week -- so the Browns obviously see something they like.

As with all things Cleveland, they'll have to wait until next season to see what they have here.

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