Browns rookie Duke Johnson back from concussion

BEREA, Ohio (AP) – Browns rookie running back Duke Johnson has passed the NFL’s protocol on concussions and could play in Sunday’s season opener against the Jets.

Johnson has been out since sustaining a head injury in Cleveland’s Aug. 29 exhibition at Tampa Bay. The third-round pick from Miami is expected to have a major role in the Browns’ offense.

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Johnson has been cleared to practice Wednesday. The team will not be in pads, but Johnson can take part in all portions of the workout.

Johnson was also slowed by a hamstring injury during training camp. Pettine, though, said if Johnson has a solid couple days of practice that he will “play a significant role” in the opener.

Without Johnson, the Browns only have Isaiah Crowell on their roster. Cleveland traded Terrance West, last season’s leading rusher, to Tennessee on Sunday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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