May 25, 2022; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns defensive end Chase Winovich (69) runs a drill during organized team activities at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns activate DE Chase Winovich, put G Michael Dunn on IR

The Cleveland Browns activated defensive end Chase Winovich from injured reserve on Saturday.

The Browns also placed guard Michael Dunn (back) on injured reserve Saturday and elevated linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr. and rookie safety Mike Brown from the practice squad.

Winovich, 27, recorded one tackle in two games this season before sustaining a hamstring injury. He was placed on injured reserve on Sept. 20.

He registered 86 tackles, 11 sacks, one interception and one forced fumble in 47 career games (nine starts) with the New England Patriots and Browns. He was acquired by the Browns in a trade on March 15.

Dunn, 28, has appeared in eight games (two starts) this season.

Carter, 27, has two tackles in one game this season and 180 overall in 66 career contests (30 starts) with the Carolina Panthers and Browns.

Brown has spent time on the respective practice squads of the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings. He joined the Browns’ practice squad on Oct. 25.

–Field Level Media

Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney recovers a second-quarter strip sack of Jets quarterback Joe Flacco on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022 in Cleveland.

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Browns’ Jadeveon Clowney, Chase Winovich ruled out for ‘TNF’

The Cleveland Browns have already ruled out defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, linebacker Chase Winovich and tight end Jesse James for Thursday night’s Week 3 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Clowney suffered an ankle injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s bitter loss to the New York Jets. He was seen in a walking boot after the game.

Winovich is out with a hamstring injury and James has a biceps injury.

Clowney already has 1.5 sacks in two games to go with a forced fumble and five tackles.

The Browns are facing a short week and licking their wounds after a staggering setback. The Jets scored twice in the final 82 seconds to rally past the Browns 31-30, Cleveland’s second fourth-quarter meltdown in two weeks.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski addressed two major factors — how his defense allowed a 66-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis and why his offense scored with 1:55 remaining instead of milking the game clock.

Stefanski said after the game Sunday that “obviously, guys are not on the same page” on defense.

“Let me be very clear, anything that happens out there I’ve got to get fixed,” Stefanski said Monday. “That’s on me.”

As for Nick Chubb’s 12-yard touchdown run — his third of the game — that put the Browns up 30-17 with 1:55 left, Stefanski said he would like to have that back. Compounding the problem is that the extra point was missed, leaving the Browns with just the 13-point lead. The Jets had just called their third and final timeout, and Chubb’s touchdown came on first down.

“Let me be clear on this: ‘I absolutely could’ve told Jacoby (to not let anyone score there) that in that situation,” Stefanski said of his instructions to quarterback Jacoby Brissett, adding “I wish I had said” something and Chubb “would have done it.”

Two plays from scrimmage later, Jets quarterback Joe Flacco found Davis for the long TD pass, leading to an onside kick that the Jets recovered. Flacco subsequently found Garrett Wilson for a 15-yard TD pass to win the game.

The Browns (1-1) host the Steelers (1-1) on Thursday night.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson (51) tackles Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots to acquire LB Mack Wilson from Browns

The New England Patriots are acquiring Mack Wilson from the Cleveland Browns for fellow linebacker Chase Winovich.

The trade cannot be made official until Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET when the new league year begins.

Wilson, 24, saw his playing time decrease in 2021 after starting 22 of 29 games in his first two seasons with the Browns. He has recorded 163 tackles, one sack, one interception and one forced fumble since being selected by Cleveland in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Winovich, 26, was selected by New England in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He registered just 11 tackles in 13 games last season, and has 85 to go along with one interception and one forced fumble in 45 career contests (nine starts) with the Patriots.

–Field Level Media