Browns center Austin Reiter, who shined in his NFL debut Sunday at Washington, is out for the season with a torn ACL.
Coach Hue Jackson announced the news at his Monday press conference. Reiter, who was signed off Washington's practice squad last month, was the Browns' third different starting center in as many weeks. His injury occurred during the fourth quarter of Cleveland's 31-20 loss to the Redskins.
Both Jackson and quarterback Cody Kessler were high on Reiter's performance, making it all the more disappointing to see his season come to a premature end.
The Browns will evaluate their options at center in the coming days, and Jackson didn't rule out right guard John Greco, who filled Reiter's spot Sunday, returning to the position. Guard Alvin Bailey will be available after serving a one-game punishment for an off-field incident, and rookie Spencer Drango filled Greco's spot in the plays following Reiter's injury.
Cameron Erving, the team's starting center out of training camp, is out with a bruised lung and likely not available Sunday against the Patriots.