Louis (neck) was placed on IR on Thursday.
Louis' placement on IR comes as no surprise after it was announced he needed surgery on his neck. His 2018 season comes to an end early on. He'll be looking to recover and return to action in 2019.
Louis will miss the entire 2018 season while recovering from neck surgery, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Given the often career-threatening nature of neck injuries, it's unsurprising that the Browns quickly decided to rule Louis out for the next several months. Louis' role was likely to decline in 2018 with the addition of Jarvis Landry, but the injury now further dims his outlook with the Browns moving forward. He'll enter the final year of his rookie contract in 2019.
Louis, who failed to make a catch on two targets during Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, finishes the season with 27 receptions for 357 yards.
Louis set career highs in receptions (27), targets (61) and yards (357), but ended the season as the Browns' fourth wideout behind Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman and Rashard Higgins. He hauled in just one pass over the final six games of the season, and will most likely have to battle for a roster spot in 2018.
Louis played just four offensive snaps and finished without a catch or target during Sunday's 27-21 overtime loss to Green Bay.
Josh Gordon and Rashard Higgins have jumped past Louis on the depth chart, so much so that the second-year pro out of Auburn is having a tough time finding the field. The 23-year-old has just one reception over his past three games, and Sunday marked his second straight game without a target. Coach Hue Jackson has been fluid with his wide receivers all year long, so there's still hope Louis gets involved again, but his involvement would be limited to the No. 3 wideout spot if that should happen.
Louis wasn't targeted in Sunday's 19-10 loss to the Chargers.
For the second straight week, Louis ended Sunday's contest without a reception, but unlike in Week 12, he wasn't targeted. He had already been losing out on snaps to Rashard Higgins, but now with Josh Gordon back in the mix, Louis had an even tougher time finding the field. The 23-year-old played just 12 snaps against the Chargers, which could be a trend for the remainder of the year.
|4||9/30/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
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