The Cleveland Browns on Wednesday placed QB Josh McCown on injured reserve (clavicle) and signed WR Terrelle Pryor.
In addition, the club signed OL Dan France to the practice squad and released OL Ronald Patrick from the practice squad.
McCown started eight games and completed 186 of 292 passes (63.7 percent) for 2,109 yards with 12 touchdowns, four interceptions and a 93.3 rating. He is leading the NFL with a 129.5 rating on third down this year. Earlier this season, McCown set a Browns single-game record with 457 passing yards at Baltimore (10/11) as he became the first player in Browns history to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games. He injured his shoulder in the fourth quarter Monday night against Baltimore.
Pryor is a 6-4, 233-pound veteran officially in his fourth NFL season out of Ohio State. Originally drafted by Oakland in in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft, Pryor has appeared in 15 games with 10 starts at quarterback. He has completed 170 of 302 passes for 1,953 yards with nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He has added 627 rushing yards with three scores and one reception for 22 yards. He joined the Browns via waivers this offseason and spent training camp with the team before being waived on Sept. 10. A native of Jeannette, Pa., Pryor attended Jeannette High School.
France is 6-6, 312-pounds and officially in his first NFL season out of Michigan State. Originally, signed by the Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2014, France spent all of 2014 and the first 12 weeks in 2015 on the Bengals' practice squad. A native of North Royalton, Ohio, France attended North Royalton High School.